MANILA, Philippines – The mother of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao on Monday revealed the Virgin Mary appeared to her when she was still pregnant with the future People’s Champ.
Speaking to ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda”, Mommy Dionisia said her son forgot his roots when he left behind his rosary and did not make the sign of the cross before his fight with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. The fight ended after Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round.
The Pacmom also revealed that she saw the Virgin Mary when she was 1-3 months pregnant with Manny.
“Manny, nakita kita buntis pa ako sa iyo isang buwan hanggang 3 buwan. Ang Mahal na Birhen ay nagpakita hanggang pagkaanak ko sa iyo. Nakita ko ang Birhen…Ibig sabihin hindi ka pinabayaan ng Jesus at Mama Mary. Hindi tayo mabuhay sa mundo kung walang inay,” she said.
She said Pacquiao falling face down in the sixth round had a deeper meaning.
“Ibig sabihin, Manny, wag mong iwanan ito (It means, Manny, that you should not abandon this),” she said while holding up a red, white and blue rosary, which she said Pacquiao purposely left behind before the fight.
In the interview, Dionisia admonished her son for removing the figures of saints inside a grotto that he had ordered built.
She said that despite her recent illness, she still prayed for Manny and had another vision during the fight.
“Dili kayo maniwala sa akin. Ngumiti ang Divine Mercy sa akin. Hindi pa tapos ang laban niyo. Hindi kayo maniwala sa akin, anak. Sabi sa akin ng Jesus, ako na ang magdisiplina sa anak mo. Pahintuin ko na siya pagtapos sa laban na ito,” she said.
(You won’t believe me but the Divine Mercy smiled at me. Your fight wasn’t over then. You don’t believe me son. Jesus told me – I will be the one to discipline your son. I will make him stop after this fight.)
Dionisia appealed to Manny not to change religions, saying that her Catholic faith had helped her through many trials.
“Ang tao iba iba ang religion pero kung ano ang nahawakan ni Manny sa maliit pa, ayaw kong maglipat siya ng ibang sekta kasi sa umpisa yan ang palagi kong hinging panggabay sa kanya. Ang tingin ko lang sa kanya, wag niyang iwanan ito. Sa dami ng trahedya sa buhay ko, ito ang nanlaban sa akin,” she said.
She again made an appeal to Pacquiao to hang up his boxing gloves. She said all of their relatives want to see him retire.
She also told Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, not to sign any contract for Pacquiao’s next fight.
“Ang anak ko hindi aso. Yung boxing talagang sugal e. Nak, hindi ikaw hayop. Hindi ka manok na ipangsabong…Nagsabi na ang Diyos na Ama- ihinto na ang sugal. Sugal yata katawan ang nakataya,” she said.
(My son is not a dog. Boxing is like gambling. Son, you are not an animal. You are not a rooster to be used in cockfights. God the Father is saying to stop the gambling. It’s a gamble where you put your body as a bet.)