Manny Pacquiao launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on August 29, 2017 According to Pacquiao, the league is not intended to be a competitor to the Philippine Basketball Association, the country’s top professional basketball league. The MPBL will feature both a regional commercial and barangay-level league with teams on commercial side to have a home locality in additional to a corporate sponsor.
It is planned that an expanded MPBL will have two conferences, North and South, where the best teams from both divisions will face the finals similar to the format of the National Basketball Association of United States.
The MPBL originated with 10 character teams on its inaugural season. After its first successful season, it attracted a lot of team across the Philippines to join. There are 23 teams from Luzon, 3 teams from Visayas and 5 teams from Mindanao.