(PHILSTAR) Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to his fight with Brandon Rios as well as the birth of his fifth child with wife Jinkee.

The Pacquiaos are already blessed with four lovely children – Jimuel, Michael, Princess and five-year-old Queenie – and will soon welcome a new member of the family,

“Actually hindi ko in-expect, pero ganito naman talaga (We didn’t expect this. But it happens),” said Jinkee who broke the news on national television.

“If it’s God’s will, siempre tatanggapin mo (you must accept it) We’re very thankful that God gave us a new addition to our family,” she added.

Jinkee, the newly elected vice governor of Sarangani, where the boxing icon is congressman, is three months into her pregnancy.

She’s hoping for a baby boy.

“Boy, para may ano sila... ‘yung mga boys ko, tatlo na silang basketball player! (So I will have three boys, three basketball players),” Jinkee told ABS-CBN.

Pacquiao, scheduled to face Rios on Nov. 24 in Macau, is a basketball addict.

The Pacquiaos are so thankful for all the blessings in life, and the other day they celebrated the birthday of their eldest daughter in an orphanage.

Jinkee said they have given up the practice of holding lavish parties on special occasions. It’s time to share the blessings with the less fortunate.

Just as news of her pregnancy came out Tuesday evening, The STAR texted Jinkee for confirmation.

And she simply replied with a smiley.

That was taken as a yes.

Pacman resumes sparring in GenSan By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 4, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao sparred four rounds at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City yesterday and was quick to impress those who packed the gym to watch him train.

Pacquiao, who trained in Manila last Monday and Tuesday, sparred two rounds each with local pug Marlon Alto and Fredrick Lawson of Ghana.

As usual, the sparring session was marked with flashes of the old Pacquiao. Inside the ring, he worked on his speed and timing.

Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, said sparring went well.

“It was a good two rounds with each of the two fighters,” said Koncz after the two-hour workout. Sparring resumes tomorrow.

Pacquiao has been training for a couple of weeks now for his Nov. 24 date with Brandon Rios at The Venetian Hotel in Macau.

It’s a good sign that Pacquiao is taking things seriously. He’s been working hard from his morning runs to his afternoon gym sessions and a little bit of basketball in the evening.

Last Saturday, Pacquiao sparred three rounds with Alto.

Freddie Roach is arriving in the country on Oct. 7 to supervise the training while Justin Fortune will arrive the day before.

Fortune, the former heavyweight contender from Australia, is back as Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, replacing Alex Ariza who’s now working for Rios.

Koncz said Roach will surely like what he will see when he comes over.

“Yes, he will,” said the Canadian adviser to Pacquiao.

Pacquiao spars with local ‘Bone Crusher’ By Abac Cordero (The Freeman) | Updated September 28, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - They threw a 160-pound middleweight at Manny Pacquiao yesterday as the Filipino boxing icon marked day one of sparring for his coming fight against Brandon Rios in Macau.

Marlon Alta, nicknamed “Bone Crusher,” didn’t really have a choice when he was asked to spar with the hard-hitting Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.

Min Wook Kim was supposed to come in to spar with Pacquiao. But the WBO Orient Pacific welterweight champion didn’t make the flight from South Korea.

Alta, a 23-year-old local boxer with a ring record of 12-3-0 with nine knockouts, took the cudgels and slugged it out with Pacquiao for three rounds.

“Sparring went three rounds,” said Mike Koncz in a text message to The STAR.

“It went very well. Manny started to take control at the start of the second round and had complete control by the third,” the Canadian adviser to Pacquiao added.

It was the first time in a very long while since Pacquiao traded punches with anyone inside the ring. He hasn’t fought since November last year when he was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, who also lost to Tim Bradley last year, will try to pick up the pieces against Rios when they clash on Nov. 24 (Nov. 23 in the United States) at The Venetian in Macau.

Pacquiao isn’t taking Rios lightly because another loss could mean the end of the road for one of boxing’s great fighters of this generation.

Pacquiao started gearing up for the Rios fight a couple of weeks back with morning runs and gym sessions in the afternoon. On the side, he plays basketball.

Now that he has started sparring, things will slowly shift to high gear.

Koncz said Pacquiao expected to be in Manila today for a private commitment, and is expected to train Monday and Tuesday at the boxer’s own gym in Sampaloc, Manila.

They are bringing Alta along just in case the South Korean opts to stay home instead.

Freddie Roach is coming over in the first or second week of October to supervise Pacquiao’s training. A couple more sparring partners are expected to fly in..

Fredrick Lawson of Ghana, undefeated in 21 fights with 19 knockouts, is scheduled to arrive soon to spar with Pacquiao.

Until then, Alta will be there crushing his bones against Pacquiao.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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