Yao Ming is quite tall for a human being, and his height has increased significantly following his retirement from the NBA after the 2010-11 season. Since Yao hung up his size 18s, photos have surfaced that reveal his height.
The former Houston Rockets center has been photographed with a wide variety of people and things, including (but not limited to) figure skater Michelle Kwan, a rhinoceros, a baby elephant, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, politicians at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, a waitress and all the other great big men in Rockets history.
We really enjoy remembering that every photo of Yao looks fake, yet somehow isn’t, even if we already know it.
The photo (shown above) is more proof on just how tall Ming is when he stands next to boxers Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios.
For the record, Pacquiao is listed at 5-foot-7, while Rios — whose two fights against Mike Alvarado, while I’d never claim to be a boxing expert, are two of the best things I have watched in the past year — is listed at 5-foot-8. Yao is nearly two feet taller than both.
Pacquiao and Rios met Yao in China during a promotional trip to drum up interest in their Nov. 24 pay-per-view fight. It is good that they will be punching an opponent of roughly even size, rather than one of Yao’s stature, because that would be a real “Little Mac” type of situation.
No word yet as to whether Yao will be in attendance at the fight.