MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s younger brother, retired boxer Bobby Pacquiao, has dropped his plan to join the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft and instead trained his eyes on a regional basketball league.
Bobby, nicknamed “The Sniper” during his active years in boxing, said he will be joining the Sarangani team being assembled by his brother for the upcoming Countrywide Basketball League (CWBL).
“Hindi na ako magpapa-draft. Sa CWBL na ako ini-lineup," he was quoted as saying in Snow Badua’s Spin.ph report.
Bobby also denied that his decision has something to do with the public’s negative reaction on Pacquiao’s bid to become a PBA playing coach for expansion team KIA Motors.
The fighting congressman, recently appointed as the head coach of KIA Motors, already submitted his application for the 2014 PBA draft.
"Hindi naman sa ganun. Sa CWBL na lang muna ko, kasi baka mag assistant coach din ako run," said Bobby, who retired from boxing with a record of 31 wins and 15 defeats.
If Manny gets drafted this August, he will become the oldest PBA rookie at age 35.
Other players who have signified their intent in joining the draft include Franklin Bonifacio Jr., Jeremy Bartolo, Giorgio Umali, Kyle Pascual, Rome de la Rosa, Anthony and David Semerad, Jonathan Semira, Andrew Avillanoza, Philip Morrison, Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero.