Manny Pacquiao Selected in 1st Round of 2014 PBA Draft

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterAugust 25, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao smiles during the final news conference for his bout against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Mosley on May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao has a plan for taking over the Philippine Basketball Association.

We’re not sure exactly what that plan is, but we do know it involves a whole bushel of Pacquiaos.

The eight-division world champion boxer took the reins as head coach of the Kia Sorentos in June. A newly minted member of the PBA, the Sorentos just finished navigating their first PBA draft on Sunday night to interesting results.

Pacquiao’s team kicked off this historical occasion with the boldest of first-round selections: its coach.


The Philippine Daily Inquirer posted the results of the draft on Sunday. Mic News’ Bryan Armen Graham combed through the draft notes and noticed Pacquiao’s name next to his team’s 11th overall pick. 

Even weirder, Manny wasn’t the only Pacquiao drafted by the fuel-efficient and tech-savvy Sorentos 

The Kia Motors group also picked up a “Rene Pacquiao” in the third round, as you can never have too many Pacquiaos.

While it’s unclear exactly how much control Manny had over the picks, I’d hazard to say the boxer had a hand in his selection. He loves basketball, and while player-coach-boxer isn’t a typical job title, the 35-year-old is probably in better shape than most of the guys on his team.

JM Siasat of GMA News reports that Manny wasn’t present for the draft due to an ongoing publicity tour for his upcoming fight against American boxer Chris Algieri. 

So no, we won’t see pictures of Manny hugging the commissioner in a suit lined with the Filipino flag. We also don’t know whether Pacquiao will actually play for the Sorentos or if the team just wasted a first-round pick on a publicity stunt. 

Either way, Kia is all in for Pacquiaos, and if Manny even smells the floor this season, bet your boots Drake will be there with bells on. He test drove a Sorento once, you know.


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