MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao, who is virtually assured of a seat in the Philippine Senate, will be more active in his role as the playing coach of the Mahindra Enforcer in the PBA, team manager Eric Pineda told ABS-CBN News.
Pacquiao retired from boxing last April after beating Timothy Bradley Jr. via unanimous decision. He is currently seventh in the senatorial race with 15,518,532 votes as of 5:42 p.m., according to the partial and unofficial results from the Comelec Transparency Server.
Pineda confirmed Wednesday that even though Pacquiao will serve as a senator, the "Pacman" is still Mahindra's coach.
"He will still be the head coach. He has retired from boxing, so he has more time to work with the team," said Pineda. "He'll be very active sa team."
Pineda said that Pacquiao will likely divide his time between his duties in the Senate and his work as a coach.
"I think he will be coaching most of the games now," said Pineda, who also said that Pacquiao will still be playing.
Mahindra selected Pacquiao with the 11th pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft.
"Manny is a very big factor when it comes to the players playing their best," said Pineda.
"Of course, we're very happy (that he won a Senate seat). Everyone is very happy," he also said. "We were hoping that he will be No. 1 (in the senatorial race)."
Senator Frank Drilon is currently leading the senatorial race with 18,083,261 votes, followed by former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva (18,028,042 votes).
In the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Mahindra finished with a record of four wins and seven losses, and missed the playoffs.
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