Manny Pacquiao Drafted Himself No. 1 On His Philippine Basketball Association Team
As you may know, Manny Pacquiao is the coach of a Philippine Basketball Association team -- Kia Sorento (Kia Motors). But he's not content with just coaching. Nope.
In a move that surprised even Isiah Thomas, Manny went into August's PBA Draft and with the No. 11 overall pick, chose himself. It was Kia Sorentos' first selection. Well, he didn't want himself sliding down to another team.
Another fun fact from the PBA Draft:
The matter on how the draft lottery is conducted became the subject of criticism from the fans and from Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao for lacking credibility and transparency. The league used three balls (two represents GlobalPort and one for Meralco) and were placed in a white box. Commissioner Chito Salud placed the balls inside the white box and drew the winner of the draft, without removing his hand first after placing the balls in the box. A formal request by Rain or Shine for a re-draw will be sent to the league's board of governors. On July 4, Commissioner Salud apologized on the crudeness of the draft lottery procedures however he insisted that it was an honest mistake on their part by not checking out the minor details of the lottery and its proceedings.
Ha. Shenanigans like this you'd only expect from Donald Trump.
Team Kia also drafted another Pacquiao -- Rene, 27, who is Manny's cousin. At 6-foot-5, he figures to have a bigger impact.
The PBA season begins on Oct. 19, and ... hey wait, doesn't he have some kind of a big fight around then?
Pacquiao takes on Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in China, with hopes of then meeting Floyd Mayweather in the near future (pig flies over SportsGrid office) if he wins. Manny says that he's totally focused on the fight, but really wants to play for Kia Sorentos as well.
If so, he'll be the shortest, oldest rookie in the league. Manny is 35, and at 5-foot-7 will not be playing much in the post. He hasn't been to many practices lately, however, due to training for the fight.
Kia Sorento meets Blackwater in their first game.
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