Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao renewed his faith in God after dreaming one night about his encounter with the Lord who asked why he was going away from Him.
After his latest "encounter with God", Pacquiao said he decided to give up his vices, including his womanizing, gambling and drinking.
“If I had died last year or in the last two years, I’m sure I would have gone straight to hell,” Pacquiao told Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News. “My faith in Him was there 100 percent but behind it, after prayers, I would still do evil things.”
Pacquiao said he now immerses himself in Bible study and spends more time when not in training with wife Jinkee and his children.
According to the Filipino boxer, the change came after his fight with Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez last Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, Nev.
In the ABS-CBN interview, Pacquiao said in his dream, he was in a forest and then a bright light shone on him as he heard a voice which said. “Son, why are you going away from me?”
“I woke up crying. I remember I was crying in my dream and when I touched my pillow, it was wet,” he said.
Pacquiao, who rose from extreme poverty to become one of the wealthiest and the world's most popular boxer today, has been tagged by media as a gambler, womanizer and a drinker.
But now, Pacquiao is saying he has given up all these vices and spends more time with his beautiful wife Jinkee and his four children.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has reportedly chosen Puerto Rican boxing idol Miguel Cotto as his next opponent from a list of four challengers presented to him by his promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao's future foe Floyd Mayweather was not included in the list due to his scheduled time to serve his 90-day prison term for a case stemming from assault on his former girlfriend Josie Harris, who is the mother of his two children about two years ago.