Senator Manny Pacquiao, also the reigning WBO welterweight boxing champion, recently admitted that he has no plans of dropping his dual role of playing coach for PBA team Mahindra Floodbuster.
Despite being elected into the Philippine Senate and currently in the thick of preparations for his upcoming fight against Australian Jeff Horn, the 38-year old native of General Santos City sees no issue with his role for the professional basketball team.
“Dinadalaw ko yung team,” Pacquiao said when asked if was still coaching and playing.
Mahindra lead assistant coach Chris Gavina has been taking up the cudgels for the multi-tasking boxer cum politician and has done a decent job despite going through a controversial revamp in time for the PBA’s 42nd season.
Pacquiao was recently activated in favor of veteran Ryan Arana but wasn’t able to play in what was supposed to be his first game of the conference against Alaska due to delayed flight.
Asked if he has any plans to give up his current role for Mahindra, the Senator replied, “Hindi pa naman. Basta ang sinisigurado ko, anuman ang gagawin ko sa labas, hindi maapektuhan yung trabaho ko dito sa Senate.” – Mae Villarin