LOOK: Manny Pacquiao graces MPBL preseason opening
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 29, 2017 06:03 PM
Boxing legend and league founder Manny Pacquiao at the MPBL preseason opening in Marikina.
Eight-division boxing world champion and league founder Manny Pacquiao was present during the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League's preseason opening, Wednesday afternoon at the Marikina Sports Center.
The fledgling league, a brainchild of Pacquiao, aims to become an avenue for collegiate and amatuer standouts and former professionals to showcase their talents on the court.
Pacquiao, a former playing coach in the PBA, threw up the ceremonial tip during the preseason matchup between the Caloocan Supremos and the Valenzuela classic.
Currently, there are five teams ready to compete in the league along with Caloocan and Valenzuela, namely the Bulacan Kuyas, Green Beret Parañaque, and Tanduay Athletics Taguig.
According to PBA legend and league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, they hope to be able to get up to ten to twelve teams by the time the regular season starts in January of 2018.
"Alam niyo po, itong liga na ito, napaka-ganda ng vision nito, for the grassroots level na hindi nabibigyan ng chance, this is your league." said Duremdes. "As Senator Manny said, ito yung liga niyo, suportahan niyo, and hopefully, eventually magiging malaki ito. Yung mga players na gustong sumali, this is your league. Show your talents here sa MPBL."
The MPBL regular season can be seen on S+A channel 23.