Manny Pacquiao should be careful not to make a fool of himself in PBA debut
Kia playing-coach Manny Pacquiao will be on the spotlight when he makes his PBA debut on Sunday against Blackwater at the Philippine Arena. Jerome Ascano

IS Manny Pacquiao the greatest thing that ever happened to the PBA over the past 40 years?

That will surely be answered tomorrow when the world's former pound-for-pound king marks his debut in Asia's first play-for-pay basketball league at the Philippine Arena built for the Filipino people by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Coach Freddie Roach has given his go signal for the WBO welterweight chmpion to play in Kia's maiden game against Blackwater for as long as he wants - on the condition that he doesn't hurt himself in the process.

The Hall of Fame boxing trainer will never stand in the the way of whatever makes his most prized possession happy. Afterall, Coach Freddie know that a happy Pacquiao is a dangerous fighter come fight night.

But just the same, the bespectacled boxing trainer has issued an appeal to Pacquiao's defenders: Please, be careful with the boxing icon.

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Coach Freddie need not worry.

All those who will come into contact with Pacquiao (except maybe for Beau Belga) will be extra cautious - to the point of giving him the space that he needs to prove that he belongs in the pro league.

In fact, it should be Manny Pacquiao who should be careful.

He should be careful not to wear out his welcome in the PBA - and be very careful not to make a fool of himself as the PBA's most celebrated rookie over the last four decades.

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