MANILA – Dionesia Pacquiao, the mother of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, reiterated she wants her son to retire from boxing.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo on Monday, Mommy Dionesia said even Pacquiao’s coach has told her to advise her son to stop boxing.
“Para sa akin, retiro na siya,” she said.
Mommy Dionesia also shared that she knew early on that American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not allow himself to be defeated.
Despite this, Mommy Dionesia said what Mayweather did was to run away, as if telling her son to come after him.
“Alam ko na hindi sila papaya matalo. Ganyan ang ugali nila. Ang ginawa ni Mayweather, runner. Parang daga siya,” she said.
Even though her son lost, Mommy Dionesia said she is still happy because in the hearts of many boxing fans, her son still won.
“Ang lahat ng mga kapwa Pilipino, kahit hindi Pilipino, narinig ko sabi ‘Ikaw pa rin, Manny.’ May Mexicano din na kumausap sa amin na si Manny pa rin ang kampyon nila,” she said.
“Relaks lang kayong mga Pinoy at sa mga umiidolo sa anak ko. Natalo man ang ating boxer sa ring, sa puso ninyo, hindi pa talo. Sa puso natin hindi siya talo. Mahal na mahal natin siya. Siya ang panalo sa taas,” she added.
During the much-hyped "Fight of the Century" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Mayweather backed up his claim of being "The Best Ever" as he out-pointed Pacquiao to win the bout.
The judges scored the bout 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112, giving Mayweather his 48th straight victory.