In his last bout against Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao didn't look like his normal self. However, he still managed to escape with a majority decision. A couple of days later, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach mentioned to the media that some outside-of-the-ring issues probably distracted his fighter. Now, Roach reveals that the real reason behind Pac-Man's lackluster performance is due to the fact that Manny got served with divorce papers by his wife Jinkee the night before his big fight with Marquez.
Today, Manny and Jinkee are still together. But that didn't come with lifestyle changes on Pac-Man's end. According to Pacquiao's trainer:
“He’s given away his cockfighting farm [in the Philippines], sold his casino and his nightclub,” Roach said.
Roach described a pre-Marquez climate that included “girls and everything that goes with it,” late nights of gambling and excessive physical wear playing too many games of basketball.
“Now, he’s back with his wife, reading the Bible every day, and he’s given up basketball,” Roach said.
With all of his personal issues sorted out, Pacquiao can now re-focus his attention on returning to his old form against Timothy Bradley next month.
[via Larry Brown Sports]