BOBBY Pacquiao said celebrated brother Manny Pacquiao’s stint as playing-coach of Kia Motors in the PBA is not a distraction to his coming World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-welterweight title match against unbeaten Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.
Pacquiao said the boxing icon is used to juggling other activities outside of boxing such as being the lone representative of Sarangani province in Congress and having a career in show business following his rise to fame as one of the best fighters of his era.
Manny’s jump to basketball as Kia Motors’ playing-coach in the PBA is no different, according to Bobby who insisted the Filipino boxing icon has momentarily set aside basketball to focus on his title fight against Algieri.
Bobby, who is younger than Pacquiao, has now taken the task of team manager of MP Hotel in the PBA D-League to spare his brother of any distraction for the Algieri fight.
The 'Pacman' is team owner of MP Hotel.
“Magaling si Manny mag-adjust. Kapag training siya sa boxing, ‘yun lang ang ginagawa niya. Hindi siya nagba-basketball. Focus lang siya sa training,” said Bobby, a former boxer himself.
“Sa ngayon, busy siya kaya ako ang nakatutok sa MP Hotel,” he added.
Prior to his fight against Algieri, the elder Pacquiao suited up for Kia in the opener of the PBA’s 40th season that saw Kia fight back to beat fellow expansion franchise Blackwater right in his league debut.
Aside from his conditioning, Bobby said his brother is also busy breaking down the fight tapes of the 5-foot-10 Algieri, who owns a 20-0 (win-loss) record, with his trainers.
“Pinag-iisipan niya ‘yung style ng kalaban. Basta focus at kundisyon siya,” said Bobby.