Pacquiao picks 17 as his PBA jersey number

Los Angeles — If everything falls into place, Manny Pacquiao might end up becoming not only as one of the shortest players to ever play hoops in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but also as the oldest rookie.

Pacquiao, 35, had told The Bulletin a few days before he faced Tim Bradley in Las Vegas that he will suit up for Kia Motors in the PBA in October.

[caption id="attachment_128986" align="alignright" width="281"] From the boxing arena, Manny Pacquiao is ready to bring his act to the hardcourt. (PBA Images)[/caption]

In fact, he already has chosen a jersey number.

“Number 17,” said the hard-hitting Pacquiao. “That’s my birthday (December 17).

Kia is one of three new companies whose application was accepted as a member of the PBA. The others were Blackwater and NLEX.

Pacquiao said he has been invited by Colombian Motors Corporation owner Jose Alvarez to join the team.  Pacquiao and Alvarez, who is also governor of Palawan, are reportedly good friends.

But for him to play, Pacquiao must first apply and join the rookie draft.

Pacquiao has always loved basketball. He even includes it as part of his conditioning program before his fights. During months of inactivity, basketball is one of his fitness activities.

During the run up to the Bradley rematch, Pacquiao spent many hours in the basketball court built inside his yard in General Santos City.

He also formed a team that played in a minor league and he regularly plays against ex-PBA imports, collegiate standouts and ex-pros during his free time.

Should Pacquiao get drafted, he will be one of the shortest dribblers in the PBA ever.

Billy Abarrientos, uncle of former Alaska ace Johnny, was the shortest at 5 feet, 5 inches. Others within that height range were Boyet Bautista (5-5 3/4) and Al Vergara (5-5 5/8), both retired and Eman Monfort (5-6 1/6), who is an active player.

Pacquiao’s real height is actually a minor mystery.

He is sometimes listed in the tale of the tape as being 5-7 although he has been measured by some boxing commissions as being 5-6 1/2.

Pressed for comment, PBA commissioner Chito Salud said he has not heard anything official from Kia or from Pacquiao about the possibility but acknowledged Pacquiao as a great ambassador for any sport.

“I have not heard anything official about this from Kia or Manny himself so I have no direct comment on it,” said Salud. “I am happy to note though Manny’s undiminished love for basketball given all his successes in other fields. He is a great ambassador for any sport, including basketball.”

Perhaps his only thought is to hope that Pacquiao will not be involved in any free-for-all or fracas during the game.

That would be suicidal for his opponents.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats

    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water cannon on Monday to drive away a group of Filipino fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, damaging some of their wooden boats. …

  • U.S. says if China used water cannons on Philippine boats, would be provocative'

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that if reports that China used water cannon son Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters are accurate, it would be a provocative step. Filipino activists have accused China's coast guard of turning water cannons on civilian boats in the disputed area on Monday. …

  • Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash
    Pacmania sweeps Philippines ahead of Mayweather clash

    Manny Pacquiao's face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero's "fight of the century" nears. Pacmania is sweeping the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. Of course, it's the fight of the century," Manila film producer Lucky Blanco told AFP. …

  • ‘Racist remark vs Pinays not reflective of HK sentiment’
    ‘Racist remark vs Pinays not reflective of HK sentiment’

    The Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong believes that the “racist” statement of legislator Regina Ip against Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong is not reflective of the general sentiments of the Hong Kong community. Hong Kong is home to more than 173,00 Filipinos working mostly as household service workers. “They have left their loved ones back home to earn a decent living taking care of Hong Kong families. This, in turn, has engendered positive impact on both the quality of life …

  • SWS: Gov’t rating sinks to record low
    SWS: Gov’t rating sinks to record low

    “The Aquino administration is firmly determined to carry on and complete priority programs in all five pillars of the Philippine development plan, to ensure that reforms will be sustained by strengthened public institutions, to tread the righteous path and ensure that good governance becomes the norm at all levels of government, and to sustain and make permanent the gains from the transformation of mindsets and institutions,” Coloma added. Lawmakers expressed belief yesterday that the Aquino …

  • ‘Pacmania’ sweeping the nation
    ‘Pacmania’ sweeping the nation

    Manny Pacquiao’s face is on shirts, dolls and postage stamps, his life story is playing in movie houses, and millions are getting ready to party as the Philippine boxing hero’s “fight of the century” nears. Pacmania is sweeping the nation of 100 million people ahead of the May 2 Las Vegas bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. to decide who is the best boxer of their generation. …

  • House committee to put Bangsamoro police under PNP
    House committee to put Bangsamoro police under PNP

    The House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will put police forces in the envisioned new autonomous Muslim region under the Philippine National Police (PNP), and not under the regional chief minister. “We will delete the provision in the draft BBL giving the chief minister operational, administrative and disciplinary control over police forces in the region,” Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, committee chairman, said in a television interview. He said under …

  • Phl to seek more US military aid
    Phl to seek more US military aid

    The Philippines said yesterday it would soon ask the United States for more military equipment and training to build its defenses, as it faces Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed waters. As hundreds of Filipino and American Marines simulated an amphibious assault to reclaim territory from invaders during annual war games, Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he was drafting a “wish list” for US aid. Catapang said the Philippines would ask for “equipment and training” when …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options