Pacquiao’s dream league comes to reality; Parañaque wins

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “There are lots of places which wanted to join,” he said as the league organizers opted to limit the participating teams to just 10. “Once it grows, it will be like the NBA. If they have East and West, here we can have North and South.”MPBL’s first conference, named the Anta Rajah Cup, tipped off at the historic Big Dome with Daniel de Guzman of Parañaque scoring the league’s first basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Paranaque Patriots withstood the Caloocan Supremos, 70-60, to open the festivities, with Gab Dagangon leading the way with 20 points and nine rebounds.Also seeing action in the league are Bataan Defenders, Batangas Tanduay Athletics, Bulacan Kuyas, Imus Bandera, Muntinlupa Cagers, Navotas Clutch, Quezon City Capitals, and Valenzuela Classics. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ahanmisi powers Akari-Adamson in thrilling win over Marinerong Pilipino Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Pacquiao couldn’t help but beam with pride seeing his dream turn into reality.“This has been in the works for over a year, and we tried to find the formula to make this good and involve the mass in this league. The LGUs are involved and we’re including the localities here, both the cities and the provinces,” he said.The eight division boxing world champion also believes that the MPBL will be vital in finding new gems in the local level, same as to how he got his break in the pug-fighting scene.“I got into boxing when I was young because weekly, there were fights staged in our place. I see it the same way here, that we can do that in basketball,” said the 39-year-old public servant.“In time, we can discover good basketball players because anybody can play here. Those who are already old but are still good can play, while the young players who are also good are given a chance, not just to play in a league but also be seen by the whole country.”ADVERTISEMENT MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFinally unveiling his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) on Thursday, founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao only has big dreams for the program moving forward.So big are those ambitions that he sees the newly founded league turning to something reminiscent of that of the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img

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