FILIPINO ring icon Manny Pacquiao is working on a partnership with the Letran Knights’ Basketball Team.
The Knights have been a force in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball, boasting of 16 championships.
In the coming season, the team will be shooting for a 17th crown with new coach, Aldin Ayo, a former Knight, who was part of the 1998-2000 championship team.
Headed by then rookie coach Louie Alas, Letran went 2-0 in that NCAA Season 74 finals over San Sebastian College, ending the Stags’ five-year reign in the league.
Ayo is also part of the coaching staff of Pacquiao’s Philippine Basketball Association team, Kia Carnival.
After former Letran Coach Caloy Garcia’s two-year contract ended, rumors swirled around basketball circles that Pacquiao will be supporting Letran in the future, which the school confirmed, adding that there are ongoing talks.
“Pacquiao is one of the biggest benefactors in sports. He is also known for being very supportive and helpful in developing young athletes to be great players in the future,” said Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P., Letran Athletics Moderator.
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