Pacquiao’s first Arriba is a knockout

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2015 09:43 PM
Pacquiao’s first Arriba is a knockout
FIGHTING PRIDE. Manny Pacquiao's presence fueled Letran to a Game 1 win against San Beda.

Finally, Manny Pacquiao made his first official appearance as team manager of Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

And he couldn’t have chosen a better time to do so as the Knights commenced their Finals duel with San Beda College on Friday at the MOA Arena.

Filled with the fighting spirit of the eight-division world boxing champion, Letran were just a little better from the three-point and free throw lines to prevail in a shootout, 94-90.

Describing how they felt when the People’s Champion entered the locker room before tip-off, head coach Aldin Ayo said, “Pagpasok niya, nakita ko yung mukha ng mga bata. They felt elated he was there.”

He also added, “Sabi ko nga before, pangalan pa lang ni boss Manny, motivation na.”

Indeed, the Knights just kept battling and battling even with the dominance of Ola Adeogun who finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds. In the end, however, it was the Intramuros-based squad that put the five-time champions on the brink.

Much of it had to do with the reminders Pacquiao gave the boys in his pre-game pep talk. As Rey Nambatac shared, “Ni-notivate lang niya kaming ipakita sa mga taong we deserved to win.”

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