Manny Pacquiao picks Alaska to win PBA championship because of one factor
Manny Pacquiao watches the US NCAA game between top-ranked Oklahoma against Ohio State in his Beverly Hills suite shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles. Gerry Ramos

BEVERLY HILLS - For its impaccable teamwork, Manny Pacquiao said he’s picking Alaska to win over San Miguel in the ongoing Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup finals.

“Alaska ako,” said the boxing superstar who’s also the playing-coach of Mahindra, when asked which team he thinks will win the all-Filipino conference.

“Ang galing ng teamwork nila.”

The Aces drew first blood in the best-of-seven series with a 100-91 win over the Beermen in the series opener. Game Two is set on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 36-year-old Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) for his whirlwind press tour with Timothy Bradley to promote their April 9 world welterweight title bout.

The eight-time world division champion had a light dinner with wife Jinkee and members of his staff in his second floor suite at the posh Beverly Hills hotel while watching the US NCAA game between Oklahoma and Iowa State.

Just as the game was winding down, the congressman of Sarangani province again stressed the importance of teamwork in basketball – exactly the way Alaska plays - after Iowa State upset top-ranked Oklahoma, 82-77.

 “Alam nyo sa basketball, hindi lang isa o dalawang tao ang puwedeng magaling. Limahan 'yan, e,” he said.

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