Manny Pacquiao is already being criticized after his plans of returning to the sport of boxing was revealed in recent weeks. However, the Filipino boxer is returning to another sport where he was previously unwelcomed. He is set to be active in his team for the local pro basketball league in the Philippines on Wednesday.
According to spin.ph, Pacquiao has been “elevated to the active list” for his team, Mahindra, in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was previously in the injured reserve list and is also the official head coach of the team.
Mahindra has won their first three games in the league this conference but needs Pacquiao to be active with their other guards injured for their Wednesday game against
Pacquiao is also an elected official in the Philippines, winning a Senate seat in the Philippine Elections last May.
The basketball comeback has earned varied reactions on social media with many fans disappointed with Pacquiao’s decision to return to basketball. Pacquiao has said in previous interviews that he wants to focus on his political career as a senator but with his return to boxing and basketball, it looks like his promises has been broken.
Pacquiao has played limited minutes in his basketball career and his appearance is seen as just a novelty act in the pro league.
Pacquiao’s boxing comeback is being pegged to be against Danny Garcia or Terence Crawford. The bout is reportedly set November later this year.
In boxing, Pacquiao had a record of 58 wins against six losses and two draws with 38 knockouts. His last fight two fights were unimpressive, with a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley in 2016 and a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 in the “Fight of the Century”.
Like his boxing comeback, Pacquiao’s return to basketball is not welcomed by most fans in his home country.
Photo courtesy: Ver en vivo En Directo/Flickr