LAS VEGAS – So how much love does a grandmother have for her grandson?
It meant travelling 1,563 miles from Louisiana all the way to the glitzy lights of the world’s ‘Entertainment Capital.’
That’s what Mary White exactly did just to watch grandson Tim Bradley take on superstar Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round welterweight bout at the MGM Grand this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
Ms. White arrived in this gambling capital on Wednesday, just in time to catch Bradley speak on the podium for the final presser of his third meeting with the great Pacquiao.
Ever the dutiful grandson, Bradley was quick to acknowledge the presence of his grandmother inside the David Copperfield Theater.
“My grandma made it out. There she is over there,” said Bradley. “I don’t see her much but she said she won’t miss this fight. She knows what’s at stake, she knows I want this, and she wants to be a part of this.”
Ms. White came over on a wheelchair and was accompanied by a young lady as she waited for Bradley to finish all the interviews the boxing star did with members of the media both print and television.
The 78-year-old granny said she wants to support Bradley in this latest fight where, according to the California native, his legacy is at stake.
“Not for everything, but I’m here because he’s fighting. I’m trying to get around as much as I can to see him,” she said. “And this is the time for me to come and see (him).”
Despite her advanced age, travelling is not a problem for Bradley’s grandmother.
“I love travelling. I want to go, but I can’t travel too much by myself,” she said. “But I love to go.”
Asked how she feels everytime seeing her grandson climbs the ring for a fight, Ms. White made a punching gesture as if she was ready to take on all comers inside the ring.
“I want to fight (too),” she said smiling, drawing laughter from the people around her. “I’m really good in the ring, too.”
Guess Mommy Dionesia has finally found her match.