MANILA, Philippines – Some of the rookie hopefuls for the upcoming PBA Draft expressed their support for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who is joining the draft even if he is already serving as the coach of Team KIA.
Former Letran star Kevin Alas and former San Beda players Rome dela Rosa and Kyle Pascual on Wednesday said Pacquiao -- just like them -- was only chasing his dream of playing in the league.
"He's just chasing his dream, parang ako, I'm just chasing my dream," said Alas during an interview on ANC's "Hardball" Wednesday night. "So you can't blame him, kasi pangarap niya is to play in the PBA."
Dela Rosa, for his part, said Pacquiao's decision to enter the draft is "good for the PBA."
"And you can't stop the guy from joining," he pointed out. "It's one of his dreams growing up, so he can probably do it all. He's a boxer, a congressman."
"Why not? (He) brings a lot of fans," Dela Rosa added.
Pascual, the lone big man among the three guests, said it would be "interesting" to see how basketball fans will react to Pacquiao, the basketball player/coach.
"I think it will be fun to watch," he said, "and a lot more people will be looking just to see Manny."
Pacquiao is among the 95 rookies who entered the 2014 Draft, which sees the GlobalPort Batang Pier picking first, and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters second.
Alas, Pascual and dela Rosa did not get the chance to test themselves against the "Pacman" as the boxer was absent during the two-day Draft Combine held Monday and Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.