MACAU – The fight against Brandon Rios was one rare time when Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao was certain his boxing superstar son would win right from the very onset.
Consider it a mother’s instinct.
“Hindi kasi ako kinabahan,” Mommy Dionisia admitted the morning after Pacquiao put together a masterful performance against Rios to hack out a unanimous decision win in their 12-round welterweight bout.
They Said It!
“Sigaw ako ng sigaw, sabi ko sa kanya, 'Manny! Huwag ka dyan sa ropes! Alis ka diyan!" - Nanay Dionisia Pacquiao recalling her son's fight against Brandon Rios in Macao
“Hindi katulad noong mga dating laban ni Manny na talagang hinihimatay pa ako.”
The last time she saw her son fight on television, Mommy Dionisia fainted and had to be rushed to a hospital after Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mommy D. as she is fondly called, wasn’t at the fight venue during that time, but she said the harrowing sight of Pacquiao unconcious on the canvas left her badly traumatized.
“Na-trauma talaga ako dun, kaya nga na hospital ako,” said the Pacquiao matriarch, fashionable in her long-sleeved black dress over a pair of mid-cut black boots as she prepared to take the flight back to Manila.
She also wasn't at the venue during Pacman's loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012 and was likewise not planning to watch the match against Rios, until Mommy D. was prevailed upon to go to Macau by her other children, including former pro Bobby Pacquiao.
“Nakumbinsi lang ako nila Bobby na manood kasi baka lucky charm daw ako dahil nga `yung dalawang talo ni Manny wala ako,” she said.
At ringside inside the Cotai Arena on Sunday, Mommy Dionisia hardly looked nervous during the fight, screaming at the top of her voice and hollering instructions to Manny as if she was a grizzled trainer.
“Sigaw ako ng sigaw, sabi ko sa kanya, 'Manny! Huwag ka dyan sa ropes, alis ka diyan,'” Mommy Dionisia recalled shouting to Pacquiao every time Rios tried to pin her son in the ropes.
That left her with a hoarse voice and an aching throat. But it didn’t matter, of course, so long as her son won.