PBA rookie applicant Manny Pacquiao excused from attending pre-draft biometric tests
Manny Pacquiao sought an exemption from joining the PBA Draft Combine on Tuesday, saying he has a lot of district work to do in his role as congressman representing Sarangani province. Jerome Ascano

DON'T expect Manny Pacquiao to show up for his first official function as a PBA rookie applicant.

The 36-year-old boxing hero and congressman has already been excused from attending the second half of the PBA Draft Combine on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.

Kia Motors team manager Eric Pineda revealed the camp of the eight-division world boxing champion asked for an exemption from the PBA Commissioner’s Office since Pacquiao has a lot of prior commitments to attend to in his role as congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani.

The PBA reserves the right to disqualify rookie applicants who fail to attend the biometric tests for rookies without a 'valid reason.'

“Humingi kami ng exemption, kasi hinid kakayanin ng schedule ni congressman,” said Pineda. “Marami kasi siyang kailangang harapin sa kanyang mg consitituents ngayon sa Sarangani."

In an interview with Spin.ph, Pacquiao’s chief of staff in Congress, Kit Mercado, bared the Pinoy boxing pride has a lot of district work to do in Sarangani, where he is supervising a lot of infrastructure projects including the construction of a public hospital.

“Marami kasi siyang important appointments sa Sarangani with his constituents na hindi pwedeng iwan,” said Mercado. “Today and tomorrow may charity tournament din siya sa Davao.”

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial bared that Pacquiao requested for an exemption because of his hectic schedule in Sarangani as well as his training for his upcoming fight with Chris Algieri.

“Pinayagan na namin kasi may mga training saka commitment siya sa mga constituents niya,” said Marcial.

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