Manny Pacquiao urges his son to stay out of boxing

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he has urged his eldest son to stay out of the ring after the 19-year-old’s forays into fighting upset members of the family.

Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said he and his wife have even made a point not to have gloves and equipment at home.

The boxer, known for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, has tried to push his son Emmanuel Jr, who is known Jimuel, to choose another path.

“It pains me that he is boxing because I know how hard it is. I told him, ‘Daddy only went into boxing because of poverty… You, you don’t need to box’,” Pacquiao said on broadcaster ABS-CBN.

“But he said: ‘Daddy, like you boxing is my passion also. I want to be a representative of this country as an athlete’,” Pacquiao added.

 

Pacquiao made the comments after a video of Jimuel taking part in an exhibition match was posted on Facebook.

“His mother had cried several times telling him, ‘Don’t go into boxing, son’,” Pacquiao said of his wife, Jinkee, who had also urged the 40-year-old boxer to retire.

“He really wants to do it,” he added.

The younger Pacquiao wouldn’t be the first son of a high-profile boxer to follow dad’s lead. The sons of British boxers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, as well as heavyweight slugger Joe Frazier, became fighters. Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. saw two of his sons become fighters. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was arguably the most successful son to follow in the boxing footsteps of his father (Floyd Mayweather Sr.).

The Facebook footage shows the younger Pacquiao sending his opponent to his knees with aggressive moves reminiscent of his father. Jimuel was wearing gloves and gear branded “Pacman”, his dad’s nickname.

The elder Pacquiao was watching the match through a video call and was seen talking to his son before it started.

As for his own career, Pacquiao said he was still eager for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather but had yet to discuss his next fight with adviser Al Haymon.

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