MACAU – In the same way Queen Elizabeth brought Manny Pacquiao luck in his mega-fight against Oscar De La Hoya five years ago, Jinkee Pacquiao hope the child she is currently bearing will do the same this time.
The wife of the boxing superstar is three months pregnant with their fifth child as his celebrated husband goes to war against Brandon Rios on Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Hotel.
And just likewhen she was bearing her youngest daughter in 2008 when Pacquiao battered the 'Golden Boy' in eight rounds, Jinkee, the current vice-governor of Sarangani, also feels confident about her husband’s chances against the tough-fighting Rios.
They Said It!
“Pag babae kasi, si Manny ang nagbibigay ng name. Puwede siguro kung kahit babae junior ni Manny, Emmanuelle? Maganda rin di ba?.” - Jinkee Pacquiao
“Malapit na ang laban, nakaka-excite, pero nakita ko naman kung paano naghanda si Manny, kaya wala akong kaba sa laban,” said Jinkee, who opted to shun the limelight this time and let the eight-time world boxing champion have centerstage all to himself.
Other than Queen Elizabeth, the Pacquiao couple also have three other children in Jimuel, Michael, and Princess.
She admitted that while they planned on having another child, her pregnancy was unexpected.
“Napag-uusapan namin na magkaroon ng baby, pero sabi ni Lord ngayon na niya ibibigay sa amin kaya nagulat ako kasi nag-boxing pa ako at nag-aerobics kaya pumayat ako talaga. Then nalaman ko buntis pala ako, so heto na nga `yun,” she said inside the luxurious suite of the Pacquiaos at the 38th floor of the Venetian Hotel.
If Jinkee would have her way, she wants to have another baby boy. But she said she would be just as happy if ever the baby turns out to be a girl.
“Pero okay ako kahit ano. Hindi nga ako magpapa-ultra sound sound eh para surprise,” she said.
Jinkee and Manny also had no plans on how many children they will have, adding, “kahit ilan, kung mabuntis uli ako, okay lang.”
And if ever the child turns out to be another girl, Mrs. Pacquiao said she’s leaving it all up to Manny to give her a name.
“Pag babae kasi, si Manny ang nagbibigay ng name. Puwede siguro kung kahit babae junior ni Manny, Emmanuelle? Maganda rin di ba?” said a smiling Jinkee.