Eight-time world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has vowed to fix the mess involving his PBA Team Mahindra which unceremoniously removed players from the lineup despite signing contracts.
Pacquiao, who owns and plays professional basketball with Mahindra known formerly as KIA franchise, was responding to the case wherein Mahindra player Alex Nuyles was made to sign a contract in July and was promised that it will be good as done once the new management composed of Columbian Autocar Corp. officials takes over.
Other players that were cut from the Mahindra lineup include: Hans Thiele, Jason Deutchman, Virgil Buensuceso, Leo Avenido, and JR Cawaling. Former KIA forward Michael Burtscher has also complained of unpaid salaries and that the same team failed to schedule him for a surgery that he needed after suffering an injury last May.
“A contract is a contract. I-rereview natin, aalamin natin kung anong naging dahilan bakit nagkaganun [I’ll find out what could have happened that led to that],” Pacquiao, who remains a professional boxer, told reporters.
Told that the players have unpaid salaries, Pacquiao responded: “Ah ganun ba. Aalamin natin. Nagpalit ng management ‘yung team. Aalamin natin ang problema. [We’ll look into it. The team has a new management. We’ll find out about the problem],” Pacquiao assured.
Pacquiao, however, admitted that he has a limited role in Mahindra.
“I’m still involved. I can make suggestions, but I will respect the decisions of the management,” Pacquiao, who is running for the Senate next year, added.