Manny Pacquiao makes rare PBA appearance, cheers for Mahindra from bench
Sen. Manny Pacquiao sits on the Mahindra bench during Wednesday's PBA game. Jaime Campos

MANNY Pacquiao finally showed up in the PBA on Wednesday during the Mahindra-San Miguel Governors Cup game - his first since being elected senator during the May polls.

The 37-year-old boxing legend arrived at the Smart Araneta Coliseum accompanied by wife Jinkee early in the first quarter of the day’s curtain raiser. Wearing a black leather jacket, Pacquiao immediately went over to the bench of the Enforcers and sat beside team manager Eric Pineda.

He was later seen cheering the team on and exchanging high fives with the players shortly after the first quarter was over, which showed Mahindra on top, 28-27.

It marked the first time the eight-time world boxing champion showed up in the game this season. He played in just two games for Mahindra during the Philippine Cup against Rain or Shine and Alaska in Dubai.

Pacquiao scored his first ever PBA basket in the loss to the Elasto Painters.

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