IT was before his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez exactly a year ago when rumors first came out that Manny Pacquiao's relationship with wife Jinkee was on the rocks.
The highly-disputed majority decision Pacquiao later fashioned out against Marquez added fuel to the fire as reports of the rocky marriage were picked up by major US newspaper dailies despite the boxing superstar's vehement denials.
Now that he’s facing Marquez once more, Pacquiao is certain no such distraction will ever affect him again.
“Walang aalalahanin, 100 percent (ang) condition and focus, no distraction,” he said without mentioning in particular past troubles that bothered him in past training camps.
Since renewing his faith in God, Pacquiao has completely turned his back on his old vices of gambling, drinking, and at times, womanizing.
His time has since been devoted to his family, and his relationship with wife Jinkee has become stronger than ever.
And while he’s certain of beating Marquez for the third straight time this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), he believes whatever the outcome of the match is all God’s will.
“Whatever happens, I’ll always praise God,” he said.
Asked for the nth time if he sees a knockout win, Pacquiao added he’s also leaving it all up to God.
“Praise God kung ganun nga.”