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PBA: Ferrer puts up own fitness center

By: Jerome Lagunzad

This early, Barangay Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer is already preparing for his life after basketball.

The lanky Gin Kings forward has successfully opened up his first business – a fitness center called Pound For Pound in Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City – last April, barely six months since he entered the PBA through the special rookie draft last year.

And he made sure his first-ever windfall in the pro ranks won’t go to waste.

“Sabi nga ng family ko, ‘yung basketball (career), hindi naman pang habang buhay ‘yan. So hanggat kumikita ako, magtatayo na talaga ako ng negosyong gusto ko,” shared the 24-year-old standout from University of Santo Tomas.

“Nu’ng nasa UST pa lang ako, balak ko na magtayo ng negosyo. Kaso wala pa akong pera nu’n. Pero nung nakarating na ako dito sa PBA, nagkaroon na rin ako ng pang-puhunan,” added Ferrer, who signed a three-year maximum contract with Ginebra worth R8.5 million last November.

Ferrer is also the second Gin King to put up a branch of the vastly-expanding Pound For Pound gyms after close buddy Earl Scottie Thompson.

The 6-foot-1 Thompson, who will turn just 24 on July 12, has earlier put up a sports-themed barbershop in Digos City, Davao Del Sur, nearly 13 kilometers away from his hometown of Padada.

And it’s not quite surprising to see Kevin also try his luck on the business world since it runs in their family’s blood, with his parents being long-time suppliers of lighting and other electrical products.

But Ferrer didn’t hesitate to put up a business which is close to his heart.