MANILA, Philippines – Jinkee Pacquiao admitted she was not ready to see her husband Manny Pacquiao fall down and unable to move after the Filipino boxer walked straight to the right hand of Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday.
In a phone interview with “The Buzz,” Jinkee said she wanted to run to her husband, who was on the ring motionless for what seemed like a long time, but some people restrained her.
“By the grace of God, I'm okay, he’s okay. Nagulat ako kasi first time ko nakita si Manny na matagal nakabangon so natakot talaga ako. Gusto ko umakyat sa ring pero gusto nila yung mga doktor muna, titignan muna siya,” she said.
Jinkee said she did not think anymore that Pacquiao lost the fight because all she was thinking about at that moment was his health condition.
She said Pacquiao already had himself checked in the hospital and that all his scans were clear.
“Praise God na okay naman siya. Hindi na namin iniisip na natalo siya, basta ang mahalaga yung kalusugan niya,” she said.
According to Jinkee, she talked to Pacquiao about not fighting again but her husband just remained silent.
“Unang sinabi ko sa kanya may purpose si Lord na baka gusto niya huminto ka na sa boxing, mag-focus na lang tayo sa pag-serve sa kanya. Wala lang siyang sinabi, tahimik lang,” she said,
Jinkee said Pacquiao already talked to their children, who watched the bout on television in the Philippines.
“Tinawagan na ni Manny kanina 'yung mga bata. 'Yung dalawang babae. okay naman. Sila pa 'yung nagsasabi pa ‘Papa, okay lang 'yan, gusto namin happy ka.’ Pero 'yung dalawang lalaki, medyo galit sila. ung anak ko na si Michael, binato pa daw yung TV kanina,” she said.
Meanwhile, Jinkee thanked all the Filipinos who supported and prayed for Pacquiao.
“Para sa mga kababayan natin, nagpapasalamat kami na nandiyan kayo. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat diyan sa Pilipinas,” she said.