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article imageOp-Ed: Manny Pacquiao does not need PBA coaching job to remain popular

By Leo Reyes     Jun 11, 2014 in Sports
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao need not accept a coaching job in the PBA to remain popular as he prepares to slug it out off the ring with other senatorial candidates in the 2016 national elections.
Whoever enticed Pacquiao to take a coaching job for newcomer KIA in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) did not realize that it could do the Filipino boxing star more harm than good if his goal is to gain media mileage through PBA's nationwide media reach.
As Pacquiao kept his promise to the fans that he "will rise again" after his devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico following his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in their first encounter in 2012, he became even more popular not only in the Philippines but in many countries around the world because of his tenacity to rise again despite the odds.
Pacquiao's victory in his comeback fight against Brandon Rios in Macau last year as well as his unanimous decision win in a rematch with Bradley last April, kept him on top of popularity ratings once again.
Aside from the inevitable distraction that his coaching job would bring to his training camp, he risks a possible negative publicity if his KIA team will not perform well in the series being a new comer with hardly a recognizable star in his team.
A less stellar performance by his team in the next PBA conference could easily be exploited by his rivals in politics who will likely associate his name with a losing team.
Still, the distraction that his coaching job will cause his training, far outweighs the gain he expects to reap in his job as coach.
Pacquiao is set to return to the ring in November which is just about a month after the expanded PBA launch. It is unthinkable that he will not be spared by distractions that his coaching job will bring to his training camp.
Being a neophyte coach in the PBA, Pacquiao will be under tremendous pressure to perform well in the professional league or he will likely be ridiculed by basketball fans who are more critical and engaging than his own boxing supporters.
Unless Pacquiao is ready to lose his next two or three fights before retiring from boxing, he should think twice before plunging into his PBA coaching job.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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