IF Floyd Mayweather Junior will have singer Justin Bieber by his side when he climbs the ring on May 2, Manny Pacquiao will have somebody bigger - literally - in his pre-fight entourage.
Team Pacquiao plans to have 7-foot-3 KIA Motors import Peter John Ramos in the Filipino boxing icon's entourage when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand for his May 3 megafight against Mayweather.
Kia team manager Eric Pineda told Spin.ph Pacquiao likes his idea of having Ramos in the entourage as a reward after the soft-spoken Puerto Rican did wonders for the Carnival team where the boxer is playing coach.
“Balak kasi ni Manny na isama si PJ sa entourage niya paglabas niya ng dugout sa Mayweather fight,” said Pineda.
In the past, the Pacquiao camp has included WWE star The Undertaker (Mark William Calaway) and another wrestling star, Fil-American Dave Batista, in the pre-fight entourage.
Ramos, though, is much, much bigger.
“Sabi niya na parang dati si Undertaker ng WWE, ngayon si PJ naman. Natutuwa kasi siya kay PJ eh. Sabi ko nga kay Manny, tiyak ko paglabas mo ng dugout lahat ng tao magugulat, kasi ang laki-laking tao,” Pineda said with a laugh.
Pineda said the hulking Ramos, who the team fondly address as 'Boy Kapre,' can also play the role of bouncer in the event something untoward happens during the pre-fight introductions.
“Sakaling magkagulo, matatakot sila gumalaw kasi ang laki ni PJ eh,” Pineda said laughing.
The decision to include Ramos in the entourage is also one of the resons why Kia would wait until after the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight before resuming practice with their dominant import.
Meanwhile, KIA is now looking at Dong Geun Yang and Chang Yong Song, Kia’s Ulsan Mobis players in the Korean Basketball League, and Taiwan’s Jeff Chang as possible Asian import for the Governors’ Cup, which will kick off on May 5.