ROOKIE Stanley Pringle is looking forward to playing for the first time against boxing idol Manny Pacquiao next week when GlobalPort collides with Kia Motors in a preseason exhibition match.
Pringle, chosen No. 1 overall by GlobalPort in the last PBA rookie draft, said he's a big Pacquiao fan and has in fact been trying to emulate the abs workout being done by the 35-year-old ring great every time he’s preparing for a fight.
“I’ve been doing his abs workout, his Manny Pacquiao abs since I was in Ukraine. He has his abs workout on Youtube. Definitely, I’ve been doing that all the time,” Pringle told Spin.ph.
Pacquiao usually does a thousand repetitions of ab exercises as he cools down in training.
But Pringle said there’s nothing like going up mano a mano against the former world pound-for-pound fighter in a game of basketball.
“Yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it (playing against Pacquiao). That’s my idol, man,” beamed Pringle when asked what he expects in his first game opposite the Kiat Motors playing coach, who like him was taken in the first round of the PBA draft last month as the Sorento's No. 11 pick.
The tune-up match against Globalport will be Pacquiao’s first in the pro league.
Pringle already showed fans a glimpse of what to expect from him on Wednesday night when he poured in 19 points in the Batang Pier’s 79-78 upset of visiting Korean club Changwon LG Sakers at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
Even against his idol, the 6-foot Pringle said the Batang Pier will treat every tune-up game as an opportunity for them to learn to play together in the hope of improving the franchise’s performance in the coming 40th season of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
“If you get a tuneup game, that’s cool man. It helps us jell as a team and see what we need to do,” said the 27-year-old guard out of Penn State, one of several new acquisitions in the off-season by the Batang Pier, who only won a total of seven games last season.
Pringle played for two seasons with the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), where he helped his team to the league championship in 2012 and a runner-up finish last year.