Jinkee Pacquiao: Not Just Pacman’s Wife
By Robbie Pangilinan, Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov 11, 2009) DoghouseBoxing  
She is well-known as the beauteous wife of People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao, even the daughter-in-law of the rising star Nanay Dionisia Pacquiao. Jinkee’s presence in the life of the superstar boxer has always been noticed but never got that much attention. Jinkee has always maintained a low profile, remaining humble and behind the limelight.

Emerging today as a famous fashionista, jetsetter, cover girl, and product endorser, she is proving to be more than
just the spouse of the pound-for-pound king, more than the mother of Manny’s four children. Jinkee Jamora Pacquiao is carving her own niche, rising as a woman of her own.

Jinkee has started several businesses, opening a franchise of Davao’s BluGre Coffee in the family’s JMP Buildingin General Santos City. She is putting up another branch soon. One more exciting venture she has entered into is the establishment of her very own fashion store, Jinkee’s Fashion World. The store carries imported items like clothes, bags and perfumes that Jinkee personally handpicked in her shopping sprees in the US. Of course, the storewill also sell Manny Pacquiao shirts and souvenirs. Jinkee also stands as the manager of 10 amateur boxers aspiring to be like Pacman. Even as she is making a name for herself, Jinkee never forgets that she is able to do all these because of the country's boxing icon. Manny allegedly earns more than 8 million dollars per fight (almost 350 million pesos), whether he wins or loses. This figure does not include pay-per-view cuts. Plus his local TV rights, businesses, endorsements, etcetera, etcetera. Jinkee has been helping Manny manage his money wisely.

Jinkee also puts a premium on education—for Manny and their children. She is encouraging him to finish his Business Management degree and discouraging her kids to go into boxing because the mother of four cannot bear to see her children hurt.

Despite the fame and money brought about by having a superstar husband, Jinkee still longs for a simple and quiet life. She does not believe that money can buy happiness. She is quoted as saying, “Mas madaming pera, mas maraming problema. Mas gusto ko pa 'yong simpleng buhay.”

Named as one of People Asia magazine’s “women of style and substance”, along with ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. managing director Gina Lopez and Sen. Loren Legarda, Jinkee Pacquiao has indeed come a long way from being the champ’s housewife to the woman she is. People Asia editor-in-chief Joanne Rae Ramirez said, “Kapag hinirang mo ang champ, dapat hirangin mo din ang babaeng nagbibigay ng lakas sa kanya. Iyon ang substance ni Jinkee. Siya ang babae sa likod ng kampeon."

For nine years, Jinkee Pacquiao has always been at Manny’s side. As Manny faces his toughest opponent ever, Miguel Cotto, on November 14, Jinkee will once again be there, in the front row, feeling every punch, praying every second, for the victory of the husband she has stayed with, supported, and loved. RMP.

Send all Questions, comments and suggestions to Robbie at: robbiepangilinan@gmail.com.

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