Pacquiao dedicates award to Jinkee

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2012 01:27 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2012 02:27 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao once again snatched the limelight as he delivered his acceptance speech during the People of the Year Awards night on Thursday.

In his speech, Pacquiao said he dedicates his newest award to his wife Jinkee.

He said he is thankful to God for giving him a wife who remains strong and positive amid challenges.

"So nagpapasalamat ako sa God na binigyan ako ng isang Jinkee na matibay ang kalooban na kahit anong pagsubok ay nalalampasan namin," Pacquiao said.

He added in jest: "Siyempre hindi natin maiiwasan ang mga pagsubok na dumarating sa buhay natin."

In a previous interview, Pacquiao said his renewed faith in God changed him, adding that he has given up his vices, which include gambling, drinking and womanizing.

Pacquiao and Jinkee faced a controversy last year after a report surfaced that the boxing champ attended the christening of his supposed love child.