ELATED by Kia Motors’ come-from-behind win over Barangay Ginebra in a pre-season match-up, boxing star Manny Pacquiao said he plans to further condition the team by bringing the entire Sorento in General Santos City where he will also train for his coming fight with Chris Algeiri.
The 35-year-old Pacquiao bared his plan shortly upon learning from team manager Eric Pineda about Kia Motors’ come-from-behind 73-71 victory over the Kings Friday at the CCF gym in Pasig City.
“Yung identity na bini-build natin eh hindi `yung tatamad-tamad, kundi `yung masipag at kailangang disiplinado,” Pacquiao told Spin.ph in an overseas call from New York City, where he’s in his final stop for a grueling 12-day press tour to promote his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight against Algieri set this November in Macau.
Pacquiao is expected to train at his own personal gym in General Santos City in preparation for his title defense against the tall, lanky Algieri set Nov. 22.
Although mostly composed of several former PBA players trying to make a comeback in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league, Pacquiao expects every one of them to work their butts off during the offseason.
“Depende, pero kung sa GenSan (Kia’s training), ipapa-jogging ko sila dun,” added the world’s only eight-division boxing champion.
Pacquiao is set to arrive in Manila on Sunday and is expected to play his first preseason game next Friday when Kia Motors faces Globalport at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo campus.
The Filipino boxing icon became the pro league’s oldest and richest rookie ever after being selected as the 11th pick overall by Kia in last month’s 2014 Gatorade PBA Annual Draft.