Jinkee Pacquiao says she completely understands why husband can't stay retired
Jinkee Pacquiao on husband's decision to stage a right comeback, just months after announcing his retirement: "Gusto talaga niya e." Jaime Campos

IF she only had her way, Jinkee Pacquiao would have wanted his world famous husband to stay retired.

But Jinkee will always be the ever supportive wife.

Although she has long wanted the Pacman to quit a brutal sports that has otherwise been very good to her family, Mrs. Pacquiao said she's not going to stand in the way of the legendary fighter whose ring comeback is as sure as the sun rising tomorrow.

"Maiintindihan ko naman. Gusto talaga niya e," said Jinkee.

Jinkee was among those elated when the 37-year-old boxing icon announced that his third fight against Tim Bradley April of this year would be his last as he was bent on seeking a seat in the Senate.

But three months later and shortly after becoming a senator of the republic, Pacquiao has bared he's unretired.

Although the eight-time world champion has yet to make his comeback official, longtime promoter Bob Arum already announced a November 5 return bout for him either against light-weltweight king Terrence Crawford or welterweight champ Jessie Vargas.

Although hesitant, Mrs. Pacquiao said she can't do anything if that would be the decision of her husband.

"Kung ako lang, sana wala na. 'Yun ay sa akin lang. Suggestion ko lang naman sa kanya," said Jinkee, who was with her twin sister Janet while being interviewed.

"Pero kung gusto niya e," she added. "Sabi ko nagsabi na siya dati na mag-retire na siya. Sabi niya naman may mga comeback fights naman. Yung ibang boxers ganun din naman ang ginagawa."

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The eight-time world division champion admitted having missed boxing in the three months that he was away from it. Personally, Jinkee sensed it from her husband.

"Na-miss niya yung training. Hinahanap din ng katawan niya," said Mrs. Pacquiao.

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"Sa akin okay lang naman din kung talagang gusto niya."

Her support doesn't only end in the ring but also extends to the halls of the Senate.

"Masaya ako para sa kanya. Kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin susuportahan ko, especially yung mga advocacies niya," added the former Sarangani province vice governor.

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