FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has signified his intention to join this week’s PBA All-Star festivities and will most likely get his wish.
Pacquiao's fellow solon, Davao del Sur Rep. Marc Cagas, told Spin.ph that Pacquiao sent an emissary to his house to make his intention known.
“Gusto ni Champ (Pacquiao) na sumali sa PBA All-Stars, actually gusto nga niya buong team niya ipasok,” said Cagas. “Kaya sinabi ko agad kay (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud."
“Since exhibition game lang naman yun, sa akin lang … bakit hindi natin i-accommodate?” said Cagas. “Tingin ko kayang sumabay ni congressman sa mga PBA legends. Dumadakdak nga dito yan."
Cagas, however, stressed that he will leave it up to Salud to make the final decision.
But in a statement, Salud said the league is more than willing to welcome and allow the boxing legend to participate in the All-Star celebration.
"The PBA is happy to provide Pacman this cross-training opportunity as he awaits confirmation of his next fight.," said Salud. "Our basketball legends and stars will surely give the ultimate boxing legend the workout that he's craving for. Game on!"
The PBA entourage is now in in Digos City, the bailwick of Cagas' political clan, where the All-Star extravaganza and other side events will take place starting on Thursday.
According to PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial, Salud is open to the idea of letting Pacquiao join the Legends vs Stalwarts game on Friday which features current and former PBA stars.
“Nakausap ko na si Commissioner tungkol dyan. At open siya. Nagustuhan niya yung idea,” said Marcial.
Marcial however refused to go into details, saying as they are still weighing things.
“Pag-uusapan pa namin nila Kume kung saan siya lalaro, Legends o Stalwarts. Pero madali lang 'yan kasi maraming open na slot. Tiyak ko mag-aagawan yung dalawang teams kay Manny,” said Marcial.
“This is going to be a different PBA All Stars. May PBA superstars ka na, may Manny Pacquiao pa,” he added.
“May Gilas versus PBA selection tayo sa Sunday. Before that game, may shooting stars pa tayo kasama ang ilang artista. Memorable All-Star talaga ito.”