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Pacquiao makes hoop history »

The Press room at Philippine Arena was jampacked after the KIA-Blackwater match  last Sunday with everyone anticipating the first appearance of the winning coach at the usual post-game interview. “In all the years I’ve covered the PBA,  I’ve never seen that many people attend a post-game media briefing. Even league commissioner Chito Salud was there, not to mention several members of the foreign press,” reported a colleague who regularly covers the…

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Pacquiao scores; Donaire absorbs KO »

Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento at the Philippine Arena.

SACRAMENTO, California—Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout of sorts while his once heir-apparent Nonito Donaire Jr. suffered a powerful one Sunday. Pacquiao made a safe debut in the Philippine Basketball Association, entertaining an opening-day crowd of close to 53,000 by starting and playing for less than seven minutes. He led his KIA Sorentos to an 80-66 win over Blackwater Elite by primarily staying on the bench. Heeding the desire of his trainer Freddie Roach,…

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More jeers than cheers for cager Pacquiao »

PBA 40 Opening Manny Pacquiao 2

MANILA, Philippines — There were 52,612 people during the opening of the PBA’s 40th Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Sunday afternoon and they were either cheering or jeering boxing icon Manny Pacquiao every time he touched the ball. People wanted to see if the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao has what it takes to play professional basketball and many of them were convinced the Sarangani congressman shouldn’t be there. “Lumabas ka na…

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Manny Pacquiao no big deal as cager »

Manny Pacquiao leaves Larry Rodriguez
of Blackwater completely unmarked in the first quarter. AUGUST DELACRUZ

BOCAUE, Bulacan—The novelty of Manny Pacquiao playing in the PBA was well-applauded Sunday, but the world’s only boxer to win titles in eight divisions realized—the hard way— that basketball is one sport he will find hard to excel in as a player. The 5-foot-6 Pacquiao got all the boost he needed from the record opening-day crowd at Philippine Arena here, playing close to seven minutes in starting out at the off-guard…

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Algieri can’t wait to face Pacquiao »

CARSON, California—After his title fight with Manny Pacquiao next month, Chris Algieri wants to play chess with the Filipino ring icon, too. Algieri said his plan is to basically break Pacquiao’s rhythm and that his mental approach to the sport will help him a lot in his bid to wrest the WBO welterweight fight on Nov. 23 in Macau. “Myself and my coaches put up a game plan and now we’re just…

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Pacquiao to miss Kia-Ginebra duel in next PBA game »

Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento at the Philippine Arena.

MANILA, Philippines-Kia Sorento playing coach Manny Pacquiao is set to miss his first game against perennial crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the 40th season of the PBA. With his fight against challenger Chris Algieri looming, Pacquiao decided to temporarily leave the Sorento on October 25 to focus on his boxing training. "I won't be playing with the team but my support would always be with them," Pacquaio said after his…

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Pacquiao’s Kia knocks out Blackwater in PBA opener »

kia-pacquiao BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao made his PBA debut and Kia didn't let its playing-coach down. Kia Motors went on a scoring binge in the third quarter to beat fellow newcomer Blackwater Sports, 80-66, in the opener of the 40th Season of the PBA before a record crowd at the Philippine Arena here. LA Revilla, who had a career-game with 23 points, led a blistering third quarter run where the Sorento…

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