Manny Pacquiao will have no problem dividing his time between basketball, boxing and lawmaking according to his trusted lawyer Franklin Gacal.
In addition to being a representative of Sarangani Province and a world-boxing champion, Pacquiao reportedly is entering the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as playing coach of team Kia Motors. Kia is one of the three expansion teams to enter the league, the other two namely N-LEX and Black Water.
“I don’t think Manny will be having a problem once he becomes a playing coach. It’s only a matter of scheduling and I think there will be no problem with that,” Gacal told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Friday.
“If Manny has a scheduled fight, of course he will sacrifice basketball and focus on his training in boxing that’s how I see it. You know Manny, he likes to do many things and he will schedule everything from being a lawmaker up to being a basketball player, coach and being a boxer,” added Gacal.
Based on reports, Pacquiao, 35, would assume the role of Kia’s playing coach when the 40th PBA season begins in October.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s business partner Gerry Peñalosa said that time management would be the key on how the Filipino ring icon would be able to enter the three endeavors simultaneously.
“Manny, I think, will also be having assistant basketball coaches whenever he has a scheduled fight or training and some other important things to attend to. He knows it as he accepted that offer in the first place,” said Peñalosa.
Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) defeated Timothy Bradley last month to reclaim the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt.