MANILA – Yes, Manny Pacquiao can shoot and has coaching experience, but the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is at a different level, said retired basketball player Kenneth Duremdes.
The 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player said the boxing superstar has hardcourt skills having once played with Pacquiao before.
But in an interview with Spin.ph’s Snow Badua, “Captain Marbel” said Pacquiao’s skills may not be enough in the pro league.
“Yes, Manny can play, he can shoot. He has the skills to play, pero yung PBA, malayo pa ang skills niya,” said Duremdes.
“Iba kasi ang exhibition games compared to professional and actual games. 'Yung talagang seryosong laro at tournament, ibang-iba yun,” he added.
He advised Pacquiao to concentrate on coaching instead.
But since he knows the fighting congressman has a busy schedule as boxer, preacher and legislator, Duremdes said Pacquiao would be better off if he becomes a “playing assistant coach.”
“Kung ako nga ang masusunod, siguro advice ko kay Manny mag playing-assistant coach na lang siya. That way, wala siyang pressure as head coach, pero he can play sparingly. No stress,” said Duremdes.
Pacquiao has been tapped as expansion team KIA Motors’ playing coach.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion said he is negotiating with the PBA to allow him to join the league without going through the rookie draft.