- Pacquiao played in PBA All-Star Weekend on Friday, August 5
- He played for the Stalwarts and they defeated the Greats (99-94)
- He provided a boost of energy in the game because the crowd cheered whenever he had the ball
- He finished the game with nine points
MANILA, Philippines – Mahindra Enforcers playing coach Manny Pacquiao helped his team, the Stalwarts in winning the Blitz Game against the Greats (99-94) in PBA All-Star Weekend on Friday, August 5, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The boxing icon replaced his teammate LA Revilla, who broke his nose during practice recently, in the lineup.
He played alongside up-and-coming young stars Chris Banchero, David Semerad, and Raymond Almazan, D-League players Mike Tolomia, Raphael Banal, Russel Escoto, and Carl Bryan Cruz, and PBA legends Alvin Patrimonio, Ronnie Magsanoc, Nic Belasco, and Topex Robinson.
According to an article published by GMA News Online, the senator finished with nine points and provided a boost of energy in the basketball court as he never failed to get cheers from the audience whenever he had the ball.
Pacquiao clocked three minutes of playing time when he made his PBA comeback on Wednesday, August 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after he was reactivated by Mahindra Enforcers just in time for the team’s game against Alaska Aces.
According to an article published by Spin.ph he disclosed in an interview on Tuesday, August 2, that it was the management who asked him and he did not volunteer to play for the team.
He agreed to the management’s request on the condition that his addition won’t mess up the team’s chemistry.
“Masaya na ako na natutuwa ang team pag kasama nila ako, ganun rin ako pag kasama sila,” he added.
[I’m happy already that the team feels happy when I’m with them, and I feel the same way too when they’re with me.]