MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia was always known to be very proud of her son for growing up to become a Philippine boxing icon.
This time around, she is proud of Manny for another reason: His forray into professional basketball.
Mommy D watched live her son’s last PBA appearance before his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr fight on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Manny is the playing coach for expansion team KIA Carnival.
The 65-year old Dionisia sat courtside during KIA game versus fellow newcomer Blackwater Elite on Saturday, February 28 at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
She said this is her first time watching her son live in the PBA and she looked forward to the live ball game upon learning she would be able to watch.
“Sabi ko, yes makakanood pa kami! (I said, yes we can watch!)” Dionisia told Rappler, before calling out to the KIA players on the court, “Wag niyo papa-shoot! (Don’t let them shoot!)”
“Excited ako! (I’m excited!)” she also exclaimed, adding that she supports her son’s endeavors as long as he’s happy. “Masaya, gusto naman niya kasi eh.” (I’m happy [for him] because this is what he wants.)
The game did not end in KIA’s favor, however, as they lost 115-104 to Blackwater, spoiling Manny’s send-off and arresting the Carnival’s short two-game win streak.
Manny did not see action in his last game before the fight and instead settled for coaching along the sidelines.
Dionisia and the rest of Manny’s family will be flying out with him to the US Saturday as the WBO welterweight champion begins training camp for his mega-fight with Mayweather. – Rappler.com