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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 7, 2016
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Pacquiao not letting go
of basketball team

Senator Manny Pacquiao opted to retire from his boxing career but he remains as head coach of the Mahindra Enforcers in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Mahindra's official lineup submitted to the PBA listed Pacquiao as head coach with Chris Gavia as interim coach. Pacquiao is also included in the players' roster.

With his duties as senator on top of his priority, Pacquiao yesterday said he will just be there to supervise the team. As a player, he said he will play depending on his schedule.

“Nandiyan pa rin (PBA team) pero mag supervise na lang. Depende na rin sa schedule,” Pacquaio told the DAILY STAR.

Mahindra Enforcer is one of the 12 teams that will see action in the PBA Governor's Cup that is scheduled to open after the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

The team was formerly known as Kia Sorento and Kia Carnival when it debuted in the PBA two years ago.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao wishes good luck to both Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon, the two Filipino boxers who will wear the national colors in the Rio Olympics next month.

He said both fighters have a good chance in the Olympics as they are good boxers but they need to play for God's blessing to protect them and keep them safe.

The US training for Suarez and Ladon will also give them some experience and help them to acclimatize with the situation once they arrive in Brazil, Pacquiao said.

“Nakakatulong ang training sa US para hindi sila manibago pagdating sa bansa na paglalabanan,” Pacquiao said.

The world boxing icon was in Bacolod yesterday to attend in the inauguration of the new officials of the city led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, his friend and former colleague in the House of Representatives.

During his previous fights abroad, Pacquiao personally asked Leonardia to join the Team Pacquiao and carry his championship belt and the Philippine flag.

Leonardia also stood as godfather of Pacquiao's daughter.*NAB


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