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.