Mahindra import feels blessed to be around global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao
James White is thrilled to be playing alongside Mahindra coach and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, and it shows in his standout performance in the Governors Cup. Jaime Campos/Dante Peralta

JAMES White still feels giddy playing alongside Mahindra head coach and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. 

"It's a blessing. Every time I'm around him, it's a blessing," White said of the Filipino pugilist. 

Indeed, Pacquiao's presence alone energized the Enforcers, who drubbed Blackwater, 97-88, to tie Ginebra at second place in the standings of the PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. 

Pacquiao finished with a career-high four points, including a contested three-pointer in the second period that rocked the Big Dome.

"Even when he went to the scorers’ table, he brought in energy, got the crowd involved. I guess that’s what the PBA needs," said the reinforcement, who topscored for Mahindra with 23 points and collared 19 rebounds. 

With the win, Mahindra snapped a two-game skid and tied with Ginebra sporting identical 5-2 win-loss records. 

"Basketball is a game of wins and losses, everybody can’t be Golden State and set records," said White, whose team won four-straight before the two-game slide.

"As a team, we understood that there will be bumps in the road and we just gotta overcome that, and that’s what we did," he added. 

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