A TIGHT campaign schedule forced boxing great Manny Pacquiao to skip his plan to suit up in one of the side events of the PBA All-Star weekend in Digos City, Davao del Sur.
Spin.ph learned from a member of Team Pacquiao that the eight-division champion was not properly briefed on the schedule of the game between the PBA Greats vs. PBA Stalwarts where he was supposed to see action.
“May plano man si Boss (Manny), bukas pa `yung sa Digos di ba?,” said Caloy Homo, the head of security of Team Pacquiao. “Naku ang alam niya bukas (Saturday) pa yun.”
The 34-year-old Pacquiao earlier personally relayed his intention to play in the Annual All-Star spectacle thru his good friend and fellow solon, Rep. Marc Douglas Cagas (1st District, Davao del Sur), who also happens to be one of the sponsors of the activities.
Commissioner Chito Salud readily welcomed the idea, saying the PBA legends and stars will give “the ultimate boxing legend the workout that he's craving for."
But obviously the rigors of the campaign had taken its toll on `The Pacman’ as Homo bared Pacquiao hasn’t slept yet on Friday owing to his busy campaign trail.
“Wala pang tulog si boss. Mukhang malabo kami maka-alis ngayon dito. Ang dami pa naming bisita,” added Homo who is with the Sarangani congressman at the Pacquiao's 'Mansion 2' in General Santos City, about an hour and a half drive from Digos.
Homo, a former military man turned chief of Pacquiao’s security, said the boxing legend personally watched and observed the ABS-CBN interview on his brother Roel, who is seeking a congressional seat in GenSan.
Pacquiao himself is running unopposed in Sarangani’s lone district, but has been actively campaigning for his brother and wife Jinkee, who is running for the position of vice governor in Sarangani.
Homo also said Pacquiao has not even scheduled for a chopper lift that would bring him to Digos City in time for the rescheduled 6 p.m. match between PBA Greats vs. PBA Stalwarts.