LOS ANGELES, California – In the midst of a day of relaxation for Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, his mother, Dionisia, made a request of her son.
“Sinabi ko ngayon, ngayon lang akong nag-sabi sa kanya, ‘Mag-stop ka na anak, please,’” Dionisia said. “Hind pa, ayaw pa niya. Sabi ko, kami ang napagod ang tingin sa ’yo. ‘Yung katawan mo baka mabugbog, sabi niya, ‘Hindi ako nabugbog.’”
“Gusto ko, rumetiro na siya. Sabi ko sa kanya, retiro ka na sa boxing. Sabi niya, huwag, hindi pa,” she added.
Mommy D’s plea echoed the request of Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, who also asked the boxer to hang up his gloves shortly after the “Pacman” defeated Timothy Bradley Jr. last weekend.
Pacquiao did not emerge from his room until early evening, and did not comment on his mother’s retirement request.
The boxer had insisted after beating Bradley that he has no plans of retiring and believes he can fight for at least two more years.
“My journey in boxing will continue,” he said.
In the meantime, Dionisia is welcoming new additions to the Pacquiao family. Manny’s brother, Bobby, recently had a baby, while Jinkee is expected to give birth to the couple’s fifth child – a son they decided to name Israel – shortly after Pacquiao arrives back in the Philippines.
Israel would be Dionisia’s 16th grandchild.
Pacquiao will go home on Wednesday night and arrive in Manila early on Good Friday, where victory parties await the new WBO welterweight champion.