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IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao guards Abueva in first PBA game in 9 months

Jane Bracher
IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao guards Abueva in first PBA game in 9 months
Manny Pacquiao plays the last 3 minutes of the opening quarter and defends Calvin Abueva

MANILA, Philippines – After 9 months, Manny Pacquiao is back on the PBA hardcourt.

The Filipino boxing legend turned senator returned to the PBA for the first time in 9 months after he was reactivated by the Mahindra Enforcer in lieu of injured starting guard LA Revilla.

(WATCH: Pacquiao warms up in return to PBA)

Pacquiao played for 3 minutes against the Alaska Aces, entering the game at the 2:59 mark of the opening period before subbing out by the start of the second.

Pacquiao hit the ground running as he guarded last conference’s Best Player and Gilas Pilipinas member Calvin Abueva.

Abueva gave Pacquiao a rude welcome as he took advantage of the mismatch, faking off Pacquiao, shoving him to create space, and ultimately scoring back-to-back triples over the boxer.

Pacquiao tried for one field goal, a jumper, but it bounced off the ring. He was also -4 in the time he spent on the floor.

Check out photos of Pacquiao’s PBA return below.

PACMAN IS BACK. Manny Pacquiao about to check in during Mahindra's match versus Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

DEFENSE. Manny Pacquiao attempts to close out on Calvin Abueva as he shoots a triple. Photo from PBA Images

SHARING A LAUGH. Manny Pacquiao and Calvin Abueva share a laugh. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SHOT ATTEMPT. Manny Pacquiao attempts a field goal but misses. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

– Rappler.com

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