Pacquiao admits trying to discourage son Jimuel from boxing


Posted at Jun 27 2019 09:42 PM

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao admitted he tried to dissuade his son Jimuel from taking up boxing.

Pacquiao told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole that it takes a lot of effort and hardships to achieve success in combat sports and he didn’t want his son to go the same route.  

“That's what he wants. We already advised him that boxing is so difficult, hard. You have to undergo hard work, training, discipline,” said the 8-division champion who will fight Keith Thurman on July 20.

“We discouraged him. (I told him) ‘I think you have to go to school, manage the business that we have.’”

But Pacquiao said his son is really determined to become a professional boxer.

Jimuel has already fought in a least 3 short semi-amateur bouts, winning all of them. Pacquiao also supervises his son in training whenever he has time.  

One of the reasons Pacquiao allowed his son to box is because of the boy's love for boxing.

“He said, ‘What I'm gonna do? Boxing is my passion?’” Pacquiao quoted his son as saying. “I said, ‘That's my line.’”

Pacquiao, however, noted they have different motivations in taking up the sport.

“I entered boxing because we're poor, we didn't have nothing. I was obligated to box,” he said.

“(With him) it's different, how can you be motivated if your life is okay? That's the big question. That's why we're observing him, ‘Okay, we'll support you. But we're closely looking at him.”

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