MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao's eldest son Jimuel tried his hand at boxing in a video that made rounds more than a week ago.
But the eight-division title holder admitted discouraging his son from following his footsteps and even took steps in the household to prevent his kids to do the same.
"Ayaw namin, dini-discourage namin talaga. Sa bahay wala kang makikitang boxing gloves o boxing equipment. Basketball meron, may court kami," he told ANC's "Headstart".
"Masakit din sa akin na mag-boxing siya dahil alam ko kung ano kahirap 'yung boxing," he added.
He personally tried to convince his son to quit boxing.
"Sabi ko nag-boxing lang ang daddy mo dahil sa kahirapan. Naging boksingero ako dahil sa kahirapan para masuportahan ko pamilya natin," Pacquiao said, referring to his rags-to-riches story.
Pacquiao left his family in General Santos City while he was a teenager to earn a living through boxing.
Jinkee tearfully pleaded for their son to pursue another career, Manny said in jest. But his son had an answer to their discouragement.
"Ang sabi niya (Jimuel) 'Daddy, like you, boxing is my passion also. I want to be the representative of this country as an athlete,'" Manny said.
Asked if he would actually allow his son to compete as a boxer, he only had one answer.
"Gusto niya talaga eh," he said.
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