Updated 10:10 AM EST, Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Manny Pacquiao Wins Pro Basketball Debut Game [Watch Video]

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Despite Manny Pacquiao being scoreless during his debut in professional basketball in the Philippines, his team, Kia Sorentos, emerged as the winner of Sunday's game against team Blackwater at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province.

During his playing time, the boxing champ committed two turnovers and a foul, Yahoo Sports said in a report. He also failed to shoot during the entire time he played.

It was, however, not a big deal for Pacquiao who said that it was still a blessing that his team clinched an 80-66 victory. "It doesn't matter. What is important is the team won."

CBS Sports said that his performance was not really surprising following a preseason game this month where he was only able to make 1 point during a 10-minute play.

During last Sunday's game, Yahoo Sports observed that the fans at the 50,000-seater arena were deeply rooting for Pacquiao to make his debut memorable with some even shouting "Give the ball to Manny!" It seemed, however, that it was not his night as he was only able to play for seven minutes then spent the rest of the game just cheering for his team on the bench.

Asked why he was not able to play for a longer time on his debut game, Pacquiao said in a Yahoo Sports report that he is focusing on his upcoming fight with Chris Algieri in Macau in November.

"After the fight I should be able to play properly," he added hinting that after his matchup with Algieri, he will play longer and better in basketball.

The 5'6"-tall Pacquiao is considered the shortest and smallest player in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Daily Mail noted that his physique is not really for a basketball player but he has always loved the sport and even uses it as a training activity prior to his fights.

Earlier this year, the Filipino boxer was drafted to the PBA as a player after being announced as the coach of the Kia Sorentos. Many of his Filipino fans have expressed concern that his latest try at a new sport would injure him since he is facing bigger and much taller opponents on the court.

PBA head doctor Oliver Wendell Lozano said in the Yahoo Sports article that he is praying Pacquiao would not "suffer a ligament or tendon tear" as he claimed that the injury would require a four-week treatment period. Earlier coach Freddie Roach also appealed to Pacquiao's future basketball opponents to be gentle and not hurt the boxer.

"Any kind of injury that can postpone or completely cancel his fight can mean the end of his boxing career and all the years he's been in this profession of choice.

"I know how tough and sometimes rough basketball games here are and all I beg his would-be rivals is to please to take care of Manny. You can block his shots, steal the ball away, but please don't hurt him, if you, indeed, treasure him as your boxing icon," Roach said in a separate Yahoo Sports article.

For his part, Pacquiao said he is sure that he will not sustain serious injuries playing basketball because "God is taking care of [him]."

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