EXPANSION team KIA Motors has lost its fifth straight PBA game and absent playing-coach Manny Pacquiao is doing his best to motivate the players.
According to team manager Eric Pineda, the global boxing icon has promised to take the entire team to Macau for his upcoming world title fight with American Chris Algieri as a bonus if the Sorento win a game in the PBA Philippine Cup.
“Sagad na nga sa pangako eh, yung (trip to) Macau saka meron pa,” Pineda told Spin.ph shortly after KIA fell short in an late-game rally to bow to unbeaten Alaska, 85-75.
"Alam mo naman si Manny, napaka- generous na tao nun," he added.
The 35-year-old Pacquiao, currently in the final stages of his preparation for the November 23 fight in Macau, has not been with the team since an 80-66 victory over fellow expansion team Blackwater on opening day.
Against Alaska, the Sorento cut down an imposing 16-point deficit to just 66-69 midway through the final period, only to have the door slammed on them by Aces forward Calvin Abueva.
“Sayang, pero magaling talaga yung Abueva eh,” said KIA’s assistant team manager Jo Ramos.
KIAgets its best chance to snap the long losing streak - and win a trip to Macau - when it faces winless Barako Bull on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.