- Mahindra Enforcers reactivated their playing coach Manny Pacquiao
- The senator will play for the team’s game against Alaska Aces on August 3
- Pacquiao revealed it was the management who asked him to play
- He agreed to the request on the condition that his addition won’t mess up the team’s chemistry
Ater their starting point guard LA Revilla broke his nose during practice, Mahindra Enforcers reactivated playing coach Manny Pacquiao just in time for the team’s game against Alaska Aces on Wednesday, August 3 in the PBA Governors Cup.
According to an article published by Spin.ph Pacquiao disclosed in an interview on Tuesday, August 2, that it was 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.]
Pacquiao scored his first career basket last year when Mahindra Enforcers faced Rain or Shine Elasto Painter.
Although Mahindra was defeated, Pacquiao’s s first career basket became one of the highlights of the game.
He received a pass from his teammate Karl Dehesa on the left corner and hit a jumper in front of Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu in the second quarter of the game.
In an article published by GMA News Online, Tiu said it was a legitimate basket for Pacquiao, although the latter said he just got lucky.
“Nagkataon sa akin pa naka-shoot si Manny. Pero legitimate ‘yun, legitimate field goal sa PBA,” he said.
[It just so happened that Manny scored against me, but it’s a legitimate field goal in PBA.]
Aside from his PBA comeback, Pacquiao will also have a boxing comeback.
In fact, Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum is scheduled to arrive in Manila on August 9 to meet hi and discuss his comeback fight.
Pacquiao announced his retirement after facing and defeating Bradley last April to focus on his political career.
However, he opened up recently that he plans return inside the boxing ring because he really misses boxing.
ABS-CBN News quoted him as saying: “Aminin ko ah (I will admit), boxing is my passion.”
His comeback fight is scheduled on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.