MANILA, Philippines - Eight-division world boxing champ and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has advised fellow Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire, Jr. to make amends with his family.
Apparently, as reported by abs-cbnnews.com, Donaire Jr.'s General Santos City-based grandparents expressed their disappointment when he clinched the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title from Puerto Rican boxer Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on Feb. 5 in Texas.
His grandmother Teresita Dente was even quoted as saying, "Sana natalo na lang s'ya. Kung natalo s'ya ako lang yata ang magtatatalon sa tuwa dito," while his grandfather Epifanio and brother Glenn claimed that the boxer had already forgotten about them.
Pacquiao, who himself enjoys a happy family life, said in a taped report on "Umagang Kay Ganda," "He should fix his problem kasi pamilya niya 'yan eh. Hindi tayo pwedeng sumuway diyan."
He also congratulated Donaire Jr. on his victory, saying, "Nakapagdala ka na naman ng karangalan sa ating bansa."
Recall that Donaire Jr. had a well-publicized feud with his father earlier, allegedly caused by the older Donaire's "controlling" nature and issues about money. In March last year, the boxer said in a press conference that his family has already reconciled.
Months later, however, Nonito Sr. revealed that there is yet another feud going on between them and his son due to undisclosed reasons.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao had voiced out his support for the promulgation of a law that would protect Filipino boxers and other athletes in light of fighter Karlo Maquinto's death last Feb. 3. The 21-year old boxer passed away after being in a coma for a week following his bout against Mark Joseph Acosta.
"Pinag-aaralan pa natin kung ano'ng maidagdag natin para ma-proteksyunan ang ating mga boksingero," Pacquiao said.