Why basketball is Pacquiao’s passion

  • Page Views 1605
  • It’s no longer a surprise to many that after a gruelling, day-long grind on the road and inside a boxing gym, you still see Manny Pacquiao in a basketball gym playing the game second to his heart.
    For Filipino international ring icon, you see, basketball is his way of staying fit, when not fighting and during lull in his training schedule.

    The sport, which, incidentally, is the closest to his countrymen’s heart, is, in fact, his other passion, next only to his profession.

    That was how the only man on earth to capture 11 world championships in eight weight divisions explained his penchant for the sport which he plays almost daily.

    Except, of course, during the crucial stages of his preparation for a fight.

    “Sabihin na nating basketball ang second love ko, next only to boxing,” the erstwhile world belt-owner of the flyweight, super-bantamweight, super-featherweight, lightweight, junior-welterweight, welterweight and junior-middleweight divisions has often told this writer whenever conversations turned on the subject.

    “Well, you, probably, have noticed it, basketball is the sport I used for my cross-training. Besides keeping me in shape, it gives me happiness whenever I play the game,” he explained.

    “Before we left Manila last week on our way here, sabi ninyo ang ganda ng katawan ko at mukhang kondisyong-kondisyon ako inspite of my long layoff from boxing,” the ‘Fighter of the Decade’’ honoree of the Boxing Writers Association of America for 2000-2010 said.

    “You’re right. When we opened camp almost a month ago, it looked I was already in fighting form. That’s because of basketball,” he narrated. “Days after my last, which lost, basketball ang ginamit ko para makalimot at maka-recover.”

    “If given a chance depending on my schedule in he senate, I play the game for relaxation and at the same time remain fit,” he disclosed. “To a large extent, I really owe my quick and speedy recovery, for whatever, to basketball, without which, baka the injuries I suffered from my prior fights eh nararamdaman ko pa till now.”

    “Marami kasi nagagawa ang paglalaro ng basketball. For one, it strengthens my legs and my arms” Pacquiao asserted. “Basketball, you see, helps me recover my speed in both my hands and feet, besides helping me in making quick decisions, which I need in boxing.

    “Sa basketball, nade-develop ko ang stamina, footwork, quickness, decision-making, etc,” Pacquiao stressed.

    His passion for basketball doesn’t diminish though his love for boxing, Pacquiao, who also owns the world lineal titles in flyweight, featherweight, super-featherweight and junior-welterweight, reaffirmed.

    “Boxing, of course, is my first love, being the sport that extricated me and my entire family from poverty to what I am now. Boxing is my life,” he stressed. “Basketball, on the other hand, is my happiness. The sport gives me the happiness in life. Masayang-masaya ako kapag naglalaro ako,” To demonstrate his passion for the game, the father of five to wife, Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee, has also been the main man in organizing basketball tournaments. He was also responsible for the Columbian Motors acquiring a franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association.

    Pacquiao is so passionate in basketball that oftentimes, he would defy his trainers’ plea for him to reduce his time playing the game for fear of his ward getting injured.

    “I cannot really help playing the sport. Pero maingat naman ako. Ayoko ring ma-injure ako ng grabe. The kind that could abruptly end my career. Lalo na ngayong ilang laban na lang at magre-retire na ako,” the former pound-for-pound best in the world said. (Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions)

    By EDDIE G. ALINEA

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 02 March 2021
      7 days ago No comment

      Fraser Health implements enhanced management strategies to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants in our region

      Fraser Health is proactively implementing these new, aggressive actions immediately to protect our communities from COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants. The new actions include: • Effective immediately, we have expanded COVID-19 testing recommendations to include all high-risk contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are ...

    • 02 March 2021
      7 days ago No comment

      PM Trudeau welcomes plan to revitalize and expand ties with the United States

        The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today met with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, during a bilateral meeting. During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden solidified the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States, by committing to ...

    • 25 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Pacquiao in jabbing distance of 2022 presidency

      A new poll shows that Filipino boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao has a fighting chance to become the next President of the Philippines. Results of an independent and non-commissioned survey indicate that Pacquiao, currently a Senator, is one of top three choices for president. Pacquiao is also in ...

    • 23 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Air Supply says Iñigo and Moophs’ ‘All Out of Love’ remake has ‘great production, great sound’

      International rock duo Air Supply, composed of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, hailed Iñigo Pascual and Moophs’ remake of their classic hit “All Out of Love” for its “great production and sound.” Iñigo sang parts of the song during Tarsier Records’ “All Out of Love” virtual media conference and ...

    • 20 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      U.K., California variants combine for first case of hybrid COVID-19

      Media organizations reported Wednesday (February 17) that the homegrown COVID-19 variant sweeping California has combined with the highly-contagious UK variant. The result is yet another mutation, a hybrid virus. This has started to spark fears that the new resulting virus will be more contagious. A sample from California showed ...

    %d bloggers like this: