Manny Pacquiao He is the world boxing champion in eight different categories, but he is also a lover of basketball and participated in a game of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Philippine Basketball League, in which he had the right to play as he is the founder and current CEO of the competition. And he showed up in the last match, which had his anthology score at the end of the match and that had an effect on the result. The conversion generated a standing ovation from the public and was celebrated by his teammates and rivals.
The meeting in which the representatives of the three teams sponsored by Oquebet (northern team) were measured against the rest of the MPBL (southern team), ended 107–107 with a triple by Pacquiao causing the public to applaud them with their palms up. broke.
It is that Pacquiao infected the masses throughout the match and was the key to the return of his team which was losing by 29 points. The boxer signed a list of 30 points with 4 triples, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in just over 37 minutes of play, which was the time he was on the court.
Although the match ended evenly, as it was an exhibition match, extra time was not played. Although this worked for Pacquiao’s return to basketball, he chose not to participate in the game after 2020, which ended with the North’s 82-68 win.
Pacquiao once again showed his skill with an orange to be able to shoot the ball into the hoop. It should be remembered that the former professional boxer (he announced his return for one of the exhibitions) had already played basketball and was one of the founders of this league. The event he returned to was called the Executives All-Star Game.
Manny was the owner and trainer of his franchise KIA Sorento. This happened in the 2014 season, when he bought a team that was booming and selected himself in the draft that year. Like the NBA, the Philippine competition is made up of joint stock companies. This allowed that the same “Pacman” could be a player and a coach.
In all he attended ten meetings. He met four in the 2014/2015 fiscal year, five in 2015/2016 and one in 2016/2017, an instance in which he decided to end his short-lived phase as a basketball player, at least regularly. With this return it remains to be seen whether it decides to continue.
While in those ten games he made the following list: 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 60 minutes of play, where he also shot 1/8 in a triple. His metrics ended with an average of 1.3 points per game, 0.5 rebounds, 12.5 percent shooting from 3-point attempts, and 0.2 assists per game in 6 minutes (average).
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the Philippines and this is the reason why Pacquiao decided to get into the sport.