Why Pacquiao stopped playing baseball

By Steve Angeles,ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 02 2014 05:20 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 01:20 AM

Manny Pacquiao throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on September 1. Photo by Gary Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

LOS ANGELES - Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Labor Day.

“Pasalamat, pasalamat ako and happy to be here. Salamat sa lahat ng mga fans you know LA is my second home,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao spent his day doing interviews with Fox Sports and ESPN before taking a tour around Dodger stadium and meeting some of the players.

During a pre-game interview, he admitted he used to play baseball.

“I used to play baseball but when I got hurt with the ball in my back then I stopped playing baseball so that's what happened,” he said.

While he never continued baseball, Pacquaio has had his fair share of Major League Baseball games throughout his career and continues to be amazed each time he visits.

“Masaya ang experience at iba naman, hindi boxing ito. This is baseball game. Then yung fans ng baseball I was surprised nun nag-throw ako sa Giants maraming tao may kilala sa akin. Maraming naka-recognize sa akin,” he said.

The rookie PBA player coach also hit the basketball courts showing off a few of his skills in front of some fans.

Pacquiao and his November 22nd opponent, Chris Algieri, will face off for Los Angeles media on Wednesday.

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