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    Johnny Abarrientos admits pulling his punches against 'great hero' Pacquiao

    Aug 5, 2016
    PBA great Johnny Abarrientos pulls up for a jumper against Manny Pacquiao. Jaime Campos

    FROM one legend to another.

    Former PBA MVP Johnny Abarrietos said he only has respect for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, with who he went one-on-one against in a few instances during the Stalwarts vs Greats in the 2016 PBA All-Stat festivities Friday night.

    Pacman and 'The Flying A' guarded each other a few times during their stint in the 40-minute Blitz Game. Abarrientos though admitted pulling his punches a little bit.

    "Halfway. Siyempre nirerespeto," said Abarrientos after the Stalwarts' 99-95 win. "Minsan hindi mo alam kung seseryosohin mo kasi idolo ng buong bayan 'yan."

    The Star Hotshots deputy, though, said he was impressed with how athletic the eight-time world division champion is.

    "Parang given na kahit anong sports kaya niyang laruin," said Abarrientos.

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