Pacquiao’s mom believes boxing champ was robbed of victory


Dionisia Pacquiao AFP PHOTO/Paul Bernaldez

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Like most fans of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, his mother, Dionisia believes her son was robbed of victory.

“I’m going to watch the replay. I failed to see it live because I was in deep prayer. But I was informed by my daughter, Liza, and also by my friends that my son was robbed of the victory,” Dionisia said.

In May 2011, Dionisia had asked her son, aside from an Hermès bag as birthday gift, to retire from boxing after his fight with American Shane Mosley.

She got her bag, but Manny continued fighting.

This time, however, Dionisia joined calls for a rematch. She also said she would join her son during a rematch with Bradley.

“Payag akong mag-rematch sila. Kahit di muna mag-retire sa boxing ang anak ko para maiganti niya ang pagkatalo niya. Dinaya lang naman siya eh (I agree to a rematch…even if my son holds off retiring so he can avenge his loss. Anyway, he was cheated),” Dionisia said.

Should there be a rematch, Dionosia said she would travel with her son to the US to watch the fight live.

Dionisia also denied reports that she lost consciousness upon learning of her son’s defeat.

“The truth is, it’s so hot inside the prayer room. I had difficulty breathing because the prayer room was small and it was so hot inside,” Dionisia during a hastily called press conference.

Pacquiao fans from all walks of life were saddened and disappointed following his split-decision loss to Bradley.

The crowd inside the jam-packed Lagao gymnasium in General Santos City roared in disbelief when Michael Buffer announced the result of Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

They said that throughout the fight, their hometown ring idol was never hurt.

Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio remained seated on the bench and declined to grant interviews until after Pacquiao’s television interview was over.

“I was shocked. Almost everybody here was shocked by the result. You have seen the reaction of the crowd and they were not satisfied with the decision of the judges,” Custodio said.

Custodio vowed to give the Pacquiao the usual hero’s welcome despite the defeat.

“Definitely, there will be a hero’s welcome for him. Deep in our hearts, he is still our champion,” Custodio said.

In Tagum City, from soldiers pursuing communist rebels in Compostela Valley to drivers who did not ply their routes to watch Pacquiao fight in a widescreen set up by the provincial government said the Filipino fighter and congressman should be given a rematch.

“The troops were OK but somehow disappointed (that Pacquiao lost),” said Captain Jan Sanggacala, information officer of the 71st Infantry Battalion based in Maco, Compostela Valley. “They doubted the judges’ decision.”

Rene Catubig, a habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) driver in Tagum, said Pacquiao was landing the more telling blows and should have won the judges’ nods.

Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy agreed, saying a rematch should be set the soonest. “I think Pacquiao won,” he said in a text message.

Bystanders and onlookers standing by the fence of the Zamboanga City Puericulture Center, where the fight was shown live on a wide screen, hit the concrete fence when Bradley was declared winner. Some of them shouted “luto ang laban (the fight was rigged),” and demanded a rematch.

Army soldiers in Basilan also took their time off to watch the fight.

Colonel Arthur Ang, commander of the Basilan-based 104th Brigade, said his men were disappointed by the decision.

Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat said he was also surprised by the judges’ decision, “but I am still looking forward to a rematch.”

In Cotabato City, Fr. Jonathan Domingo of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate said Pacquiao’s defeat would serve as a “wake up call” for him to make it next time around.

“He’s used to winning…he won in his last 15 bouts, now he lost. Next time he can make it better,” Domingo said.

“The result may be controversial yet Pacquiao did not even raise a howl even if he was convinced he won the fight. He wholeheartedly accepts the verdict, a Filipino trait and truly a sportsman,” the priest added.

In Koronadal City, the crowd at the pay-per-view screening at the city hall, booed in unison when the decision was announced.

Chris Mondana, a resident, said the promoter Bob Arum might have sold the game to ensure a rematch. “That’s the quickest analysis you could come up with. Boxing is a not a sport anymore, it’s business, generating billions for promoters,” Mondana said.

(Aquiles Z. Zonio, Frinston Lim, Julie S. Alipala, Edwin O. Fernandez, Rosa May de Guzman-Maitem, Inquirer Mindanao)

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Don’t you worry none Momma Dionisia…….even in defeat…your son is bringing a brand new Lexus SUV for your dancing lesson!

  • WAJ

    Huwag na kayong mag-rematch..matatalo na naman si Pacquiao, dahil bumagsak na ang pangalan niya dito sa USA. Pakialamero kasi sa support ni President Obama sa Gay Rights…”Same sexual marriage”.

  • dan4321

    ang panalo dito si Arum at ang Boxing Industry,tingnan mo lahat gusto re match pati si Dionisia,syempre malaking pera yan.

  • diverme

    Paano yan Aling Dionisia…kelangan nyo na mag bawas sa shopping and clinic visit kay Belo. Im sure binilang nyo na ni Jinky ang mawawala sa inyo

  • FClive

    Si Bradley yata ang naipanalangin mong manalo.

  • My_Behind

    Pag natalo uli si Peoples Champ baka hindi na nila i cover sa TV yung B-day mo. Don’t worry champ. “I nibir kray” and “nating gana tsins may lab pur yo”. Kung kaya pang lumaban, mag rematch agad at medyo tumatanda na.

  • You’re Funny!!!

    Wag mo silang pansinin, Dionisia. sayawan mo nalang sila.

  • Luthmar

    OK lang Aling Dionisia.  Hindi naman puede lagi panalo anak nyo.  Kahi anong uri ng sports may natatalo lagi.  Maski si Bradley, isang araw may tatalo din sa kanya.   At saka ganyan talaga business sa boxing.  Kailangan matalo champion para may rematch.  Naintindihan mo, bago pa man magsimula laban nila may naka anunsyo na agad na rematch.  Maski talo si Manny ganoon pa rin pera nya.  Mas malaki pa kay Bradley.  

    • Marlou Wang

       Hindi okay!! Hindi ako at ang ibang nanood na papaloko sa kamalian ng judges.

  • ern_castillo

    The previous time, it was controversial in your favor. This time you want to howl? in spite of your religiosity you will now say that you were robbed? By whom…by God? And the nanay turned mommy, is now showing the true color of hypocrisy by wanting a rematch (in her presence).

    Thy will be done …..

    • malek_abdul

       I agree with you ern…Aling Dionisia showed her true color….habang nananalo si Pacquiao sabi niya tama na Manny last na ito pero ngayong talo si Manny gusto niya rematch. Ano ba talaga Aling Dionisia? Make up your mind. Allahu Akbar!!!

  • lagalag

    Pacmom, back to reality ! and reality bites.

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