PBA Media Bureau head Willie Marcial said his office has been receiving calls and e-mails trying to confirm the veracity of a report that came out recently announcing that “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao will suit up for Columbia Autocar Corporation (Kia), one of the three new teams accepted by the league for the incoming season.
The PBA has no answer for the curious.
“We cannot make a confirmation or issue a denial at this point since none of the two parties involved has informed us of this matter,” said Marcial.
But the idea of having global boxing star Pacquiao seems to be both a welcome and titillating idea to him and PBA commissioner Chito Salud....
Teams that made the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup are taking advantage of the Holy Week break to either give their players time to rest or sharpen their skills in time for the big battles ahead.
Half of the eight playoff teams will have practice today (Maundy Thursday) and tomorrow (Good Friday). Others will resume training on Saturday.
One of the teams that will train during the PBA break is defending champion Alaska whose players rested Tuesday and Wednesday. Aces coach Luigi Trillo called for morning practice starting today instead of their usual 1 p.m. schedule at the Hoops gym in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City....
He already has a jersey number picked out. “No. 17,” revealed the global boxing icon and congressman. Pacquiao’s birthday is Dec. 17.
“I might play in the PBA with Kia,” Pacquiao told Filipino sportswriters, confirming a story that came out in a news outlet that one of the three expansion teams accepted by the PBA would hire him....
Alex Cabagnot hit a three with 10.9 seconds remaining and two insurance charities down the stretch as the GlobalPort Batang Pier earned their first win of the conference against the Barako Bull Energy, 98-96, Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
"At least happy ending di ba," said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio. "Last game ng conference nanalo. Siyempre stepping stone na yan para sa next conference."
GlobalPort is also keen on making necessary changes to improve their chances moving forward....
The Energy Cola saw control of their destiny ripped away from their hands by the Meralco Bolts two days ago although they continue to nurse a hypothetical chance of clinching a do-or-die for the eighth and last playoff spot.
Globalport, on the other hand, allowed the biggest upset of the conference to slip through its fingers when import Evan Brock missed a free throw that allowed unscathed Talk ‘N Text to come away with a 92-91 win late Friday night....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||8th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||0||8||0.000||9th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||4th|