Pacquiao sends Mayweather GenSan hoops invite
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao, the 8-division boxing world champion and incumbent Senator, has invited Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to play basketball in General Santos City, a television report said on Thursday, May 10.
Pacquiao said he welcomed the retired and undefeated American boxer to the Philippines, where the “Money” man is spending his vacation.
“Nagkausap kami sa telephone. Kumusta lang. Sabi ko, 'Welcome to the Philippines. Enjoy your vacation,” Pacquiao said of the phone conversation on Wednesday night, GMA 7’s Unang Balita reported.
"Ini-invite ko nga siya na makapaglaro sila [rito ng basketball] sa may 4 days league dito sa GenSan eh.”
(“We talked on the phone. I just welcomed him. I actually invited him over to play basketball for 4 days in our league here in GenSan.”)
Pacquiao, a former 11th overall pick in the PBA rookie draft, played 3 seasons for the Kia Sorento (now Columbian Dyip) as a playing head coach. He has been in General Santos City training for his July 15 bout with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse.
Mayweather has been enjoying his retirement and traveling around Asia the past weeks. If the ring icon does come out of retirement to engage in another sport, it’s not going to be on the hardwood nor the squared circle.
“If I do happen to come back, it'll be in an octagon,” he said in a report by boxingscene.com.
Mayweather explored El Nido, Palawan on his first day in the Philippines last Tuesday (LOOK: Floyd Mayweather jets off to Palawan in style) and dropped by a couple of malls in Manila (LOOK: Mayweather goes mall hopping in Manila) on Wednesday night. – Rappler.com