Mahindra playing coach Manny Pacquiao has been inserted as a late replacement for the Blitz Game in lieu of Enforcer starting playmaker LA Revilla, who is out with a broken nose sustained during the team’s practice on Monday.
PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial confirmed the news after talking with Mahindra assistant team manager Jo Ramos on Tuesday.
“Oo, maglalaro sa Blitz Game si Manny this Friday. Nakausap ko na sila Jo Ramos,” Marcial told FOX Sports.
Pacquiao has also been activated on Tuesday in place of Revilla.
Elected as one of the Philippine senators last May, Pacquiao played a total of just 6 games since being selected 11th overall by KIA/Mahindra in the 2014 PBA Draft.
The Blitz Game, which will be played on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, is one of the side events for the annual PBA All-Star Weekend. The traditional North versus South team will cap off the annual festivities on Sunday.
The “blitz” will actually feature legends, current PBA players and several aspirants from the PBA D-League and will be divided into the Greats and Stalwarts teams.
Pacquiao will be playing for the Stalwarts, which will be led by Alaska’s Chris Banchero, San Miguel’s David Semerad, and Rain or Shine slotman Raymond Almazan, D-League stars Mike Tolomia, Russel Escoto, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Raphael Banal, and PBA legends Alvin Patrimonio, Nic Belasco, Ronnie Magsanoc and Topex Robinson.
The Greats will have Rain or Shine rookie guard Maverick Ahanmisi, NLEX’s Kevin Alas, GlobalPort’s Anthony Semerad and Star big man Ian Sangalang, with D-League players Ed Daquioag, Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, and Jonathan Grey, and legends Noli Locsin, Bong Ravena, Johnny Abarrientos, and Paolo Bugia completing the cast. – Richard Dy
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