MANNY Pacquiao is vocal enough to say who he is rooting for between Stephen Curry and Lebron James in the coming NBA Finals.
Other than being a friend of the sweet-shooting Curry, the big Filipino demographic in the Bay Area also factored in the 36-year-old boxing legend rooting for the Golden State Warriors to win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and end a decades-old NBA title drought.
“Golden State represents an area where the most number of Filipinos in America live,” said the eight-time world division champion said in an interview. “I want the Warriors to win.”
Game One of the Finals is set on Friday (Manila time) at the Oracle Arena in Golden State.
As early as the offseason, Pacquiao already showed he’s leaning toward the Warriors when he visited the team’s practice facility and did some cross-training by playing pick-up games and shooting some balls.
He even donned Curry’s iconic no. 30 jersey while playing.
Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, later returned the compliment by sending Pacquiao an autographed jersey in the days leading to the Floyd Mayweather megafight. The Pacquiao boys – sons Jimwell and Emmanuel – even had their photos taken with the rising NBA superstar after watching one of his games.
Shortly after Golden State clinched its first Western Conference title in four decades with a 4-1 thumping of the Houston Rockets in their best-of-seven series, Pacquiao was quick to extend a congratulatory message to Curry on his Instagram account.
“Congrats Stephen Curry on winning the Western Conference Finals. Now go win the NBA Finals,” said the Pacman. “God bless you and your team. Go Warriors.”