Salud reiterates no special treatment for Pacquiao as PBA rookie hopeful gets biometrics done
Manny Pacquiao meets with PBA commissioner Chito Salud after the biometrics done at the league office. The Kia coach and rookie hopeful was measured at 5-6, 151 lbs. and with a 69-inch wingspan. Jerome Ascano

BOXING sensation Manny Pacquiao showed he’s like everyone else Friday when he underwent the mandatory biometrics required of all rookie hopefuls ahead of this Sunday’s PBA Annual Draft.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao went to the league office in Libis shortly after lunch to have his biometrics measured after failing to attend the two-day Gatorade Draft Combine last Monday and Tuesday.

Pacquiao said he was attending to some pertinent matters in Sarangani Province, where he is the district’s lone representative to the House of Congress, and could not make the draft camp, although he played a game with his MP Hotel team in a Davao invitational tournament on Tuesday night.

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The office of league commissioner Chito Salud found the excuse 'valid’ and therefore arranged a personal session with the Pacman, who still decided to make himself available for the draft despite already being named as head coach of expansion franchise Kia Motors.

The biometric procedure done on the eight-time world champion was held behind closed door.

Salud later on reiterated the league is not giving the global boxing icon any special treatment.

“Walang special treatment. Valid ang excuse niya (Manny) kaya ok sa PBA,” said Salud, who added Pacquiao always tries to keep in touch with his office and ask about the different acitivities happening around the league.

Pacquiao remained elusive on how the biometric procedure went, at one point even refusing to reveal his exact weight at the moment by simply saying, “ganun pa rin. Wala namang nagbago.”

Results of the procedure disseminated by the league showed Pacquiao currently weighs at 151 lbs, stands 5-foot-6, and has a wingspan of 69 inches.

When inquired about the reports Ginebra is mulling to take him in the first round ahead of Kia Motors, where he serves as the expansion team’s head coach, Pacquiao was quick to downplay it.

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“Alam naman nilag coach na ako ng Kia. Alam na nila 'yun,” he said.

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He again reiterated the importance of 'time management’ after being asked that the opening of the PBA’s 40th season runs close to his coming November title fight against Chris Algeiri.

Pacquiao said he’ll set up training camp here in the Philippines since the showdown against the unbeaten challenge will just take place in Macau.

As for the unbeaten record of Algeiri, the 'Pacman’ said he has nothing to fear.

“Hindi naman. Marami na akong nakalaban na wala  pang talo, pero ako ang nagbigay ng talo sa kanila,” he said with a smile.

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