MANNY Pacquiao may be deep in training for his May 2 super-fight with American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the US, but that doesn’t prevent him from keeping abreast with the latest developments of PBA ballclub KIA Motors.
Team manager Eric Pineda said the only eight-division world boxing champion who is also KIA playing coach regularly calls from Los Angeles to be updated on the Carnival’s preparation for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
“Iyun nga (KIA practice) pinag-uusapan namin after ng training niya (Pacquiao). Yung basketball kasi gusto niya malaman ang developments ng team so I update him sa training program namin,” Pineda told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
While others might see basketball as a distraction in his preparation for the Mayweather bout, Pineda explains basketball talk is a welcome break for the 36-year-old Pacquiao following a tiring day at the famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
“Iyun (basketball) ang libangan niya, para siyempre after a hard training, gusto naman niya basketball para malaman niya kung ano ang nangyayari sa team,” added the KIA team executive.
The Carnival already resumed practice last week and are merely waiting for their Asian reinforcement and the return of Puerto Rican giant Peter John Ramos from vacation.
Pineda said the franchise intends to come out with a decision on the Asian import it intends to tap within the week, just before the 7-foot-2 Ramos arrives in the country.
“Pag-uusapan namin and we’ll make a decision on our Asian import this week. Inaayos na namin,” he added.
KIA has narrowed down its choices to Korean Basketball League (KBL) Finals MVP Yang Dong Geun and Chang Yong Song, vital cogs in Ulsan Mobis Phoebus’ three-peat conquest in the league last week.