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....
Arwind Santos spurred the San Miguel Beermen to a fourth quarter comeback against the Air21 Express, 93-85, as they locked up the second seed in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel (7-2) has now won five of their last six games, while Air21 (3-6) is in a tailspin after losing three straight and six of their last seven.
The Beermen's quarterfinals matchup will be between the Express and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (4-4). San Miguel will face Rain or Shine if the latter loses to Ginebra (3-5) on Sunday, while the Express would slide to eighth and play Talk N' Text (9-0). Otherwise, the Beermen will play Air21 anew....
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....
MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer battles Air21 in the only PBA Commissioner’s Cup game slated Wednesday, with the Beermen looking for a win that would give them No. 2 spot in the playoffs sta rting next week at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen have a 6-2 record and can avoid complications of a playoff by winning their 8 p.m. clash with the Express, who will fall at either seventh or eighth—and with a twice-to-win disadvantage—regardless of the outcome.
As things stand, Talk ‘N Text already qualified as No. 1 and will play the No. 8 squad needing to win just once in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four. Globalport and Barako Bull were the teams that got the boot....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||2||0.778|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|