Pacquiao’s PBA debut garners mixed reactions from foreign audience
Milan Ordoñez on Oct 21, 2014 12:01 PM
MANILA – Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday. And apparently, it has acquired a variety of feedback from the audience, particularly from the foreign press. Pacquiao’s inaugural PBA game was far from glamorous as perceived. While it did pique the interest of the thousands who flocked all the way to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan to see the global boxing icon on the basketball court, “Pacman”, who played a measly six minutes in the opening quarter, scored no points, and turned the ball over twice in the process. KIA did emerge victorious with an 80-66 tally, but his basketball baptism of fire in the pros drew more criticism than praises from his fellow Filipinos. He did, however, garner a few mixed reactions from the foreign audience. For award-winning journalist Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, it was not exactly a very good idea. “Pacquiao said after the game that he would stick to his coaching duties and not play until after the fight, but it was incredibly arrogant of Pacquiao to even attempt play pro basketball so close to a major fight,” Iole wrote. Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, on the other hand, managed to find some humor out of the situation. “Pacquiao will now take a break from the team, which will allow him to focus on that thing he does that has made him wealthy and famous and beloved, and allowed him the time to opportunity to play basketball terribly for supplemental income and kicks and giggles, living out his fantasies as the third-string point guard.” As for upcoming opponent Chris Algieri, Pacquiao’s second sporting endeavor is a non-issue, as long as the Filipino boxing superstar won’t be hurting himself in the process. "A lot of people ask me about his basketball and if that's what he chooses to do, that's fine," Algieri said. "As long as he doesn't get hurt, I don't really care." Manny Pacquiao faces Chris Algieri on November 23rd at the CotaiArena in Macau, China, where he will be defending his WBO welterweight title.