Jinkee: Manny’s pillar of strength

Photo from Jinkee Pacquiao’s Instagram

With the People’s Champ’s glory, that unmistakable face never leaves him by his side. Through all the euphoria of victory and the excruciating agony of defeat, she shared those moments with him second by second—notwithstanding those painful controversies that seemed a dagger to the chest yet taking each ounce of pain in stride and keeping their love alive.

Jinkee Pacquiao is someone you can’t ignore, not only because she is Manny Pacquiao’s wife but also, most importantly, she has come to the limelight on her own with her own identity amid all the chaos and commotion his husband’s world brings.

Let us take a closer look at Jinkee and her journey as a formidable pillar behind the Filipino world sports icon.

Jinkee was born Maria Geraldine Jamora, together with her twin sister Janet on January 12, 1979 in General Santos City to a conservative middle class family whose main business is in the coconut industry. Described by her parents Nestor and Rosalinda Jamora as quiet and obedient, Jinkee was a consistent honor student at Notre Dame in General Santos City.

After completing her high school in Notre Dame, Jinkee enrolled in a two-year programming course at AMA University. However, Jinkee did not finish her course and instead worked as a beauty consultant at a local mall.

This decision became a turning point in her life as her work as a beauty consultant led her to meet  Manny through an uncle, Reynaldo Jamora, who was then helping out the rising boxer in the early years of his professional career. Since then, Manny was so mesmerized and enchanted with this 20-year-old beauty, he felt love was in the air and knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life together with her.

Photo from Jinkee Pacquiao’s Instagram

And after a year of dating, they tied the knot on May 10, 2000. Since then, Manny’s boxing career blossomed. He flourished with annexing one world division title after another, beating all the boxing greats until he became the world’s preeminent boxing superstar. Manny also became victorious in the local political arena as a two-term Congressman of Saranggani Province. And with this, Jinkee’s celebrity status also flourished as more people wanted to know more about Manny’s gorgeous inspiration.

As Manny’s iconic stature reached greater heights, it would seem Jinkee could just sit back, relax and collect those LV bags. But, no—Jinkee faced the most challenging and hurtful episodes in her life. The most controversial of which was Manny’s alleged affair with actress Krista Ranillo, who was seen with Manny driving off the ABC Studios after an appearance in “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.

Despite this, Jinkee showed a confident and strong persona in public and declared that she will stand by her man, although admitting in a magazine interview that the alleged affair almost ended their marriage.

Photo from Jinkee Pacquiao’s Instagram

As the issue waned and Krista marrying businessman boyfriend Nino Jefferson Lim in the US, Jinkee’s marriage to Manny was even stronger than ever, with their family of five children—Emmanuel Jr., Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth, and Israel—all behind the boxing champ whenever or wherever he may be.

Jinkee likewise became more successful in her own endeavors, notably being elected Vice Governor of Saranggani province.

And with Manny’s biggest historic “Fight of the Century” against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for the undisputed world welterweight boxing title on Saturday, May 2 (Sunday morning, May 3, in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nevada, Jinkee is definitely in the forefront in giving Manny the inspiration he needs to pull through and bring pride to the nation.