WHAT do you get — aside from the bonuses — when you’re the import anchoring an expansion PBA team’s surprising run in the Commissioner’s Cup?
A coveted ticket to the richest fight in the history of boxing.
Kia reinforcement PJ Ramos said he received an invitation from Carnival playing-coach Manny Pacquiao to watch his anticipated bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas in two months.
“Manny invited me so hopefully I see him in May and just be with him and just cheer for him,” the Puerto Rican slotman said after the Carnival’s 115-104 loss to Blackwater on Saturday night.
Pacquiao won’t see his team for the next few months as he flew to the US to start training for the superfight, but Ramos expects to reunite with his coach come fight time.
“It’s going to be my first fight, so hopefully it will be sooner that I see him,” said the 7-foot-3 giant, who has been the rookie team's go-to guy in its emergence as the league’s giant killers.
Ramos, who had a league season-high 49 points on 19-of-35 shooting, on top of 14 rebounds, three assists, and one block against the Elite, admitted the Carnival will miss Pacquiao’s motivational presence in the PBA.
“Manny is a big part of the team. We just got to stay focused and win some more games so we can make it to the playoffs,” said Ramos, whose team is running seventh with a 3-5 win-loss card.
The Puerto Rican said KIA simply has to bounce back after the loss to Blackwater.
“I don’t know what happened. We prepared real good for the game,” he said. “Hopefully next game we’ll come out with a win.”