Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, his wife Jinkee and their family have been under a lot of scrutiny since Pacquiao began his rise to fame. Sometimes the gossips and criticisms they receive from bashers appear to be testing their patience.
However, Jinkee believes that Christians should respond in kindness no matter what comes their way. On her Instagram account (@jinkeepacquiao), she wrote, “In life you can’t avoid gossip & unkind words from others. Whatever you do, you will never please anyone. Remember, if you weren’t worth anything, they wouldn’t bother.”
She then urged her followers: “Love one another as Christ loved us.”
In fact, when her husband Manny was poked fun of by his latest boxing opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this month, Manny simply responded by saying he understood his boxing rival and sought prayers for him.
Mayweather uploaded a video on his Instagram account wherein he was seen slapping a dummy he named “Manny.” He recalled statements made by Pacquiao after their Fight of the Century where Manny said he thought he won the fight and blamed his broken shoulder for not performing as well as he had hoped.
“So Manny, you out here telling people that I didn’t win fair and square, that this little arm is messed up? Is that right? Talk to me,” he said in the video while slapping the dummy in the face. Mayweather then twice told the dummy to “stop lying.”
The jab could’ve easily infuriated anyone it was directed at, but not Manny. “We should understand Floyd Mayweather because of his family background,” Pacquiao said in a statement made through his Public Information Officer Aqui Zonio. He said the video reminded him of what Mayweather did to his former wife, and hoped that God will “touch his heart so he will discern the real meaning of love and life.”