It all started days before the PBA Draft, when a champion boxer decided to take his talents (at a too old age for a rookie aspirant) to the league. Then, he accepted the role as the playing coach of a new club. As expected, he would be drafted by the said club, although another team almost swung a trade for him. His busy boxing career limited his rookie season to only one preseason and four regular-season games.
In the recent game, he scored his first-ever pro basketball point, and his team won against a squad which achieved a grand slam last year. One of the opponent's players, apparently reeling from the huge upset loss, uttered offensive remarks against the said boxer, calling him a joke. You know the two players I'm talking about, and that's where this blog post will focus on.
If not for Daniel Orton's post-game rants, we would have forgotten already that Manny Pacquiao is in the PBA. Well, I can't blame you if you can't recall anything because he only played in a total of FIVE outings averaging 0.4 ppg (0.3 ppg in the regular season). However, the question that has been asked all around the basketball world was raised up to a higher level when Orton called Manny the baller a joke. A fellow sports media practitioner, Chino Trinidad, who follows Pacquiao's boxing and now his basketball career too, expressed his sentiments regarding that, and he boldly claimed that Manny is not a basketball material at all. So, what's my stand about this?
Well, everyone has the right to declare for the PBA Draft. I said in a previous write-up a year ago to give Manny a chance to show his inner baller. By logic, I can declare for the draft too. But that doesn't mean someone is good enough to join.
Everyone has limits in his play, and I acknowledge that. When I played in the Master Game Face Media Challenge on my birthday, I could not even hold on to a Kevin Ferrer pass, something I can do if my friends will pass me that kind of pass. Meaning, Ferrer is on a different level in the passing end than my friends, and so is our receiving skills. Remember, K-Fer can declare for the PBA Draft this year, although I believe he will play his final year at UST. So that's a PBA-level pass.
If I acknowledge my limits, so should Manny Pacquiao. I'm sorry, Manny, but I have to agree with Sir Chino. OK, you can play basketball (even Floyd Mayweather can play basketball as per his IG videos), but with the way you're playing in the PBA, that's not what we expect from a PBA-ready rookie. I can boldly say that Manny Pacquiao is not a PBA material.