But manager says Pacman might suit up for KIA on opening day
MANILA, Philippines – It looks like eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will miss the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft proceedings on August 24.
Pacquiao is one of the 95 hopefuls who submitted their application for the PBA Draft, which will take place at the Robinsons Midtown Manila.
But according to Joaquin Henson in his Philippine Star column “The Dean’s Corner,” Pacquiao has already committed to join the multi-city tour that will promote his upcoming WBO welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri.
The tour will cover seven cities and will run for a week and a half.
“Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda told The Star that the fighter will leave Manila for Beijing on Aug. 23 then travel to Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York City in a whirlwind 1 1/2 week drumbeating schedule,” reported Henson.
Pineda said he will be in Manila on August 24 to witness the PBA draft proceedings.
Pacquiao is expected to be secured by KIA Motors, where he will also serve as its head coach. The team is aptly named "KIA Kamao."
Pineda said that part of the boxer's plans is to set up his training camp in Manila to stay close to his team.
“He runs in the morning and goes to the gym in the afternoon for boxing then early evening, he can attend the Kia practice. I’m not sure if he’ll play at practice, maybe he’ll concentrate on coaching,” said Pineda.
If they get lucky, fans might see their boxing hero suit up for KIA Kamao on the opening day of the 2014-2015 PBA season.
“If KIA plays on opening day, Manny will suit up for sure,” said Pineda.
The 40th PBA season is set to begin on October 18.