MANILA, Philippines – Former North Cotabato Gov. Manny Pinol believes that Manny Pacquiao's possible entry into the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will be good for both the league and its expansion team KIA Motors.
The issue has already been drawing a lot of attention for KIA Motors -- much more if he officially joins the league as playing coach, said Pinol, who manages several local boxers.
"If at all, it will be good for KIA as a brand. That's added mileage in advertising and sales," he said on Spin.ph.
Pinol added that Pacquiao's presence alone will encourage basketball fans to watch the games, just like what he does in his fights.
“It is also good for the PBA because Manny is a certified crowd drawer,” he said.
Pacquiao, however, has to address several issues before entering the league.
Based on PBA rules, he would have to pass through the rookie draft, wherein he could be picked by another team.
There are also questions regarding his ability to play and coach a professional basketball team.
But Pinol said the boxer may act as a "motivational coach" for his players.
“Manny may not call the shots during timeouts but he can just stand there and look at his players in the eyes and that alone should motivate them,” he said.
Pacquiao, for his part, claimed that he can bypass the rookie draft.
"Ako ang head coach ng KIA, so magiging playing-coach ako, so hindi na kailangang dumaan sa (draft)," Pacquiao said. "Sa rules and regulations ng PBA, hindi na kailangang dumaan sa draft. Kailangan dumaan pag player ka lang, pero kung coach ka, hindi na kailangan."