Manny Pacquiao’s Mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, Speaks

When I was afloat in June, the wardroom mess crankers (enlisted folks in the first couple of months of being aboard) were crestfallen when Manny Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley. Many of them were Filipino (or Filipina) and were probably heartbroken again after Manny fought Juan Manuel Marquez:

Dionisia Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao

Dionisia Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao

Everyone has a own reason for Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao. Some say it was a lucky punch while others say Pacquiao had it coming.

Of all the explanations put forth, perhaps the most unique is the one offered by Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia Pacquiao. Dionisia, a devout Catholic, blamed her son’s loss on his change of religion.

Pacquiao grew up Catholic but recently converted to Protestantism.

“That’s what he gets for changing his religion,”Dionisia said in an interview in General Santos City. “Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.”

Dionisia says Manny has been distracted by his new faith, and she is not afraid to “face the pastors no matter who they are.”

If you stream down to the comments, there were several quite interesting. Especially this one by Stries Casallo:

If some of you were more familiar with God’s ways you’d know he’s not punishing Pacquiao at all. The thing is that the closer you get to God, the more the Devil will test your faith in God alone but God will never give you something you can’t handle. Pacquiao can handle this loss. Right now in the Philippines thousands have been devastated by Bopha. What if Pacquiao’s loss is God’s way of using Pacquiao as an instrument to teach the Filipino people that when disaster happens they just can’t let their spirits and hopes be dependent on one human being when they should actually lay their hopes and spirits on God and His promises. That growth in faith through testing is much more beneficial to God’s kingdom than for the Filipino people to only know victory each time Pacquiao fights.

It is a heartfelt take on a challenging situation.