(Las Vegas) Only a day after her son dealt Timothy Bradley, Jr. a first defeat last Saturday night, witnesses have come out claiming that Dionisia Pacquiao may have had more to do with the fight’s outcome than just cheering on the side for Manny Pacquiao.
Footage from the fight clearly show Pacquiao’s mother holding a prayer card and a rosary in one hand, while pointing her middle finger at Bradley menacingly with the other hand. But it is what witnesses claim to have heard Dionisia Pacquiao whispering to Bradley that has a few people concerned.
“She clearly whispered ‘Hail Hydra!’ to Bradley after the fight when she went up to him,” Gary Fortun, a Filipino spectator at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, told the Maligno Sentinel in an interview.
“It scared me.” he continued.
At least three other witnesses corroborated Fortun’s narration, among them New York Daily Report photogapher James Doge.
“It was strange. She said it thrice but I didn’t know what to make of it at the time,” Doge said.
Dionisia Pacquiao’s whispered message may have to do with HYDRA, a criminal organization associated with plans for world domination and the enemy of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) [or “Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate,” or even “Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division” depending on your age and level of comic fandom.].
The link has caused some concern among Pacquiao fans about how easily boxing has gotten mixed up with concepts such as nationalism, patriotism, politics and even religion.
“I love the Pac-Man,” another fan said in an interview, “But I try to keep that separate from any links he might have with HYDRA.”
Still, many supporters have no problem with the single-minded intermingling of issues surrounding Manny Pacquiao.
“I don’t care if he supports HYDRA, or starts a political dynasty, or runs for president,” Pac-Man Fans Club President Arturo Menkayo said, “I support him all the way and anyone who doesn’t is anti-Filipino.”