WILL playing-coach Manny Pacquiao be the latest personnel to leave the Mahindra camp?
A person very, very close to the 38-year-old world boxing champ disclosed Pacquiao is contemplating on leaving the Floodbuster in the hope of landing a spot in the Blackwater franchise owned by longtime friend and benefactor Dioceldo Sy.
The source said the Filipino senator has mentioned he's no longer ‘totally happy’ with the way Mahindra was revamped during the offseason that led to the departure of KG Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos, Bradwyn Guinto, and Paolo Taha either through trades or free agency.
Pacquiao has so far not appeared in any of Mahindra’s games this season, both in the all-Filipino conference and the on-going Commissioner’s Cup.
The same personnel, however, is not sure how Pacquiao can go about his plan of jumping ship to Blackwater.
SPIN.ph learned Pacquiao’s deal with Mahindra is more on the coaching side rather than as a player.
Sy kept mum on the matter when reached for comment on Tuesday during the launch of Blackwater’s new set of endorsers that include star rookie Mac Belo.
But he did say any owner in his right mind would want to have a Manny Pacquiao in his team.
“Let’s face it, Manny is still Manny,” was his curt reply.
That Pacquiao has shown keen interest in Blackwater is understandable. Sy has been a longtime supporter even during the time when he has yet to achieve the superstar status he’s now enjoying both as a sportsman and politician.
The world’s only eight-time world division champion also once served as conditioning coach of big man Asi Taulava during the time when he was still with the Ever Billena franchise in the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) carrying the banner of Blu Detergent.