More than 2,000 fans packed the Al Wasl Club Friday night to watch boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao take to the basketball court – although the eight-division world champion failed to land any significant blows.
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Pacquiao went scoreless and was unable to record an assist while also committing two turnovers for his Mahindra Enforcers as they lost 98-94 to Alaska Aces in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Philippine Cup.
Pacquiao said after the contest: “It’s okay. Our loss was part of the game.”
Pacquiao was in the starting line-up for Mahindra operating as a guard and every time he received the ball the crowd cheered for him to shoot. Pacquiao obliged four times, including two three-point attempts, but none were successful. He then left the game late in the first quarter to rapturous applause.
Alaska head coach Alex Compton reflects on PBA victory over Mahendra Enforcer and looks ahead to Ginebra clash on Saturday.
Mahindra Enforcer assistant coach Chito Victolero reflects on his sides defeat to Alaska in the PBA and the influence of Manny Pacquiao.