MANNY Pacquiao has shrugged off appeals for him to skip playing in KIA Motors’ game against fellow expansion team Blackwater on Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, saying he knows what he's doing.
The boxing superstar and playing-coach of the Carnival emphasized he knows how to take care of himself and will never do anything that will jeopardize his preparation for his May 2 title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Alam ko naman ‘yung ginagawa natin,” he said when asked about mounting appeak for him to temporarily give up basketball, at least not until his fight against Mayweather is over.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao, a known basketball nut, saw action for six minutes in the Carnival’s 106-103 upset of league leader Talk `N Text on Wednesday night.
He disclosed a plan to suit up in KIA Motors’ match against Blackwater at The Arena in San Juan in what will be his farewell game with the team before departing for the US a few hours after the game for the start of his intensive, two-month training for the Mayweather bout.
“Kailangan ipanalo namin ‘yun,” said the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion during a public workout he held at the MP Tower gym on Thursday.
Currently at 3-4, KIA Motors is seeking a franchise-best third straight win against Blackwater, which the Carnival had beaten, 80-66, during their first match-up in the season opener at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Pacquiao played in the Carnival’s back-to-back wins against defending champion Purefoods and Talk ‘N Text and scored his first PBA career point following a split from the foul line in the Carnivals’ victory over the Hotshots.
Although he's being ribbed for failing to score a single career field goal in the PBA up until this time, the eight-time world division champion doesn’t mind.
“Okay lang naman na hindi maka-score. Ang mahalaga nananalo ang team,” Pacquiao said.