If you’re watching Saturday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley and wondering why they’re not showing any shots of Manny’s wife, Jinkee, you’ll know why.
Jinkee Pacquiao is back at home in the Philippines because she is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. Jinkee is set to deliver the baby this month and, as you can tell from the picture, she is very close to popping. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t supporting her husband in his fight.
“My love, support and prayers are always with him. Even if he’s having a fight or not. May the Lord grant us the victory in Jesus name on Sunday,” Mrs. Pacquiao told Philboxing.com.
The Pacquiao-Bradley fight will be televised on delay in the Philippines, so Jinkee will be waiting with the family’s children on the results.
Jinkee usually is not in Los Angeles with Manny when he trains for his fights, but she typically comes to Las Vegas for his bouts and is present at ringside when he fights.
You may recall that Manny and Jinkee actually had a major issue three years ago.
Pacquiao wanted to renew his wedding vows with Jinkee prior to his Nov. 2011 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. However, Jinkee turned him down, supposedly citing his extramarital affairs. She also supposedly served him with divorce papers prior to the fight, which may have spurred Manny to ask to renew their vows.
Manny has said that he has been living a clean life since then, which includes giving up cockfighting and selling his casino and nightclub. He is heavily involved in politics in his home country as a member of congress. Jinkee has also gotten into politics and was elected a vice governor last year.
She has expressed a reluctance towards him fighting in recent years, especially after his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez. But with all the financial problems Manny has had, she probably understands that he needs the checks.