Mahindra playing coach Manny Pacquiao is confident that as long as the Enforcer stay within the system, the goal of reaching the Finals is achievable.
“Basta makinig lang sila (players) palagi at sundin lang nila ang instructions sa training, hanggang sa Final makakaabot iyan,” Pacquiao told media men in a brief interview just before tipoff between Mahindra and Alaska on Wednesday.
Pacquiao arrived at the Smart Araneta Coliseum about an hour before the Mahindra’s game versus the Aces after attending session from the Senate in Pasay.
Asked about the team’s hot start, the soft-spoken Pacquiao is beaming with pride after seeing the Enforcer opened the PBA Governors Cup with three straight wins.
Mahindra’s victims during the first 2 weeks of the conference included Star, GlobalPort and defending champion San Miguel Beer, leading a franchise-best 3-0 start.
On Tuesday, the Mahindra playing coach was reactivated in lieu of starting playmaker LA Revilla, who broke his nose Monday in practice.
The world’s eight-division boxing champion suited up for the Enforcer and is expected to play against the Alaska Aces on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pacquiao, who recently unretired from boxing, also confirmed his participation in the PBA Blitz Game where he’ll be playing for the Stalwarts.
“Yes (he’ll play in the Blitz), Friday kasi yun, eh wala kaming session,” said the 37-year-old Pacquiao. – Richard Dy
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