Ecstatic Manny Pacquiao gives out hefty bonus to overachieving Mahindra side
Manny Pacquiao and stand-in Mahindra coach Chris Gavina on the sidelines. Jaime Campos

MAHINDRA playing-coach Manny Pacquiao was so ecstatic that a person as generous as him couldn’t help but give out bonus to the team in the aftermath of the Enforcers’ stunning 101-95 win over Alaska in Wednesday night’s PBA Governors Cup.

It was like a scene straight out of a championship celebration inside the Mahindra dugout shortly after the match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as players and the coaching staff were all in a jubilant mood as the Enforcer’s remained unbeaten in four starts for the best start ever in franchise history.

Not one to disappoint, Pacquiao immediately announced that he’ll be giving out a bonus for each player, making the atmosphere even more euphoric.

“Mismong si boss ang nagkusa to give them bonuses,” said assistant team manager Jo Ramos.

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Pacquiao admitted seeing a part of himself in the Enforcer, who rallied from as much as a 16-point deficit before pulling off the upset win.

“Nahirapan kami, pero nakabawi nung fourth quarter,” said the boxing great, who was back to his dashing dark coat attire shortly after the match that served as his comeback PBA game following a nine-month layoff.

Asked about his reported request to take on Alaska stalwart Calvin Abueva during the game, Pacquiao, 37, could only let out a hearty laugh.

“Si Abueva..” was a smiling Pacquiao could say.

There was nothing between the two when Abueva scored all of his eight points against Pacquiao in the first quarter. The two of them just smiled each other.

Pacquiao played more than two minutes and was 0 for 1 from the field in his first game with Mahindra since the Philippine Cup.

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