- Manny Pacquiao states his opinion on the brawl that happened between Philippine and Australian players in the FIBA game.
- Pacquiao commented that the players should’ve controlled themselves.
The Gilas and Australia’s FIBA brawl at the World Cup Qualifier has caused tension to both sides and both countries as well.
A lot of mixed opinions from different Philippine basketball community, the politicians, and netizens were stated in social media platforms.
Professional boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao was asked last July 3 at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City about his side regarding the fight that happened a few days ago.
In a video taken by ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo, Pacquiao believes that the Gilas players should’ve controlled their temper as we are the ones hosting the game.
Dapat tayo ang mag control sa sarili natin dahil tayo ang host eh. Dapat ipakitan natin yung passion natin sa kanila. Pagpapakumbaba natin para sa makita ng buong mundo at mga tao na mapagkumbaba tayo. So para sa akin, yun yung nakikita ko.
He also said that these type of incident is possible but he only hoped that the others who were not involved in the first place shouldn’t have been a part of the fight. What they should’ve done is help stop the fight.
Hindi naman natin maiiwasan yung mga ganong pangyayari pero yung ibang mga sumali, naki-gulo, dapat hindi na nangyari yun… Dapat ang gawin nila, awatin nila. Nakakahiya kasi yung host tayo eh.
Pacquiao stated that fights are easy to start but what the concern is their record and the country’s name.
Ang gulo madaling pasukan. Anytime pwede ka mag hanap ng gulo. Ang problema dun yun record mo and then pangalan natin.
As of July 4, players Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar, RR Pogoy, and coach Jong Uichico have apologized for the incident.