June 22, 2024

Sukatan na ‘yan: Manny Pacquiao’s triple-double is better than these NBA triple-doubles last season

Sukatan na ‘yan: Manny Pacquiao’s triple-double is better than these NBA triple-doubles last season
Art by Royce Nicdao

Manny Pacquiao wants to become part of the Philippine boxing team that will fight for gold in the Paris Olympics.

Maybe he should rethink his position. Maybe he should try out for Gilas Pilipinas and become part of the men’s national basketball squad in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

With Pacquiao wearing the Gilas blue, the Philippines might have better chance at winning an Oympic gold medal. Do you think we’re kidding? Well, check this out!

On Saturday, the boxing icon turned into a hooper with the combined powers of LeBron James and Steph Curry. As a result, he posted a monster triple-double in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Executives Game as part of their All-Star festivities.

Yep, Pacman tallied a stat line that would put the NBA’s triple-double virtuosos to shame. We'd tell you Manny's final stats right away, but to better set up the scene, we've first listed the supposed stat-stuffing outings in the NBAall of which got destroyed by Manny’s scorching trip-dub.

On March 17, 2023, Philadelphia 76ers star guard James Harden recorded 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 121-82 Philly win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Beard’s modest numbers have no right to be mentioned in the same sentence as Pacquiao’s.

 

The NBA's state of the art triple-double machine Nikola Jokic registered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 16 dimes in a January 9, 2023 game to help the Nuggets take down the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-99. The Joker’s performance would be a joke if you’d compare it to Manny’s across-the-board explosion.

 

On December 9, 2022, then Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook notched 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in an overtime loss to the Sixers, 133-122. Man, even the league’s all-time triple-double king is no match for the Pacman.

 

Luka Doncic guided the Dallas Mavericks with a 116-115 victory over the Nuggets last December. Luka Magic was stellar as he logged in 22 points, 10, rebounds, and 12 assists. But the reality is he ain’t stellar enough to overshadow the retired boxing legend.

 

On April 4, 2023, Giannis Antetokounmpo amassed 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to lift the Milwaukee Bucks past the Washington Wizards, 140-128. This does nothing but confirm that the General Santos fighter is more of a freak athlete than the Greek Freak himself.

 

Get a load of this: Pacquiao went berserk and notched 33 points, including five triples, 11 boards, and 15 dimes. When the smoke cleared, Pacquiao's South won over the North team, 114-63, and the MPBL founder and CEO was named player of the game.

That’s Manny Pacquiao for you, all skills, no frills.

(GM)