LOS ANGELES, California—Filipino boxing pride Manny Pacquiao took time out from his hectic training schedule Friday to welcome his wife, Sarangani Vic. Gov. Jinkee and his five children who flew in here from Manila.
The World Boxing Organization welterweight titlist personally welcomed Jinkee and children Jimwell, Michael, Princess, Queennie and newly-born Baby Israel at the Tom Bradley Airport from where they rode together to their mansion in Plymouth Blvd. here.
“Biglang sumaya na naman ang bahay,” the Sarangani Congressman exclaimed while having dinner with his family upon their arrival. “Buo na naman kasi ang pamilya.”
Pacquiao cancelled his scheduled morning roadwork at the Griffith Hills and gym activity at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood to savor the presence of his wife and children who he said he missed very much since leaving the country last February 28.
Pacquaio, a devout family man. hugged his children one-by-one andc carried Baby Israel in his arms.
“Dikdikan na ang ensayo habang palapit nang palapit ang laban,” he said, referring to his coming welterweight unification face-off with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr., owner of the World boxing Council/World Boxing Association 147-pound crown.
“And I also want to have some time with my family on the day of their arrival. Matagal-tagal na rin naman kaming di nagkikita. Puro tawag sa telepono at sa skypes na lang,” Pacquiao said.
Jinkee, for his part, thanked God for the good trip and for guiding them to a safe travel to this city.
“Maganda ang naging biyahe namin at salamat at nakarating kami ng ligtas dito upng magkasams-sama kami muli,” Jinkee said.
“Sabik na sabik na rin naman kaming magkitakitang muli. Lalo na ang mga bata na makita muli ang Daddy nila., “ Jinkee added. “When we were still in the country, halos hilahin na nga naming ang mga araw para bakasyon na at makalipad na kami papunta dito.”
“Mas Masaya na ako ngayon na magkakasama na kaming pamilya. Salamat sa Panginoon,” Pacquiao said.
“Now that we are again together, praying together and going to church together, the more I will be focused on my training for the coming May 2 fight, our biggest fight,” he added.
“Now that all of us are here, lalo na akong mai-inspire sa ensayo. My family’s presence will motivate me further to winning that fight,” Pacquiao added.