Pacquiao pledges P100k bonus to each Letran player

MANILA, Philippines – Colegio de San Juan de Letran is not only bringing home NCAA Season 91 basketball championship, but the Knights will also get a hefty bonus from Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. 

Pacquiao, who made his first official appearance as Letran’s team manager in Game 1 after being appointed this past July, pledged that he will give P100,000 to each player of Letran after ending the 5-year title reign of San Beda College in winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday, October 29. 

“Tig-100,000 (100,000 each),” Pacquiao quipped in a video by as the Knights and the entire coaching staff were celebrating at the dugout.

An email and text to NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal requesting clarity on whether there is a league rule prohibiting cash bonuses was not immediately returned.

In the post-Game 1 interview, Letran head coach Aldin Ayo admitted that Pacquiao’s presence had given the squad an extra push.

“I said in my past interviews that his name is already a motivation to us,” he stated. 

Boxing’s only eight-division champion is also the player-coach of the PBA’s Mahindra Enforcers and is also enlisted as a reserve in the Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas, a team which competes in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). –