Budding fighter Jimuel Pacquiao looks at dad’s fight as a student, not as a fan

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

Posted at Jul 20 2019 01:04 PM

As pundits make their predictions, Jimuel Pacquiao has his own bold, fight-night forecast for Pacquiao-Thurman — a stoppage win by his dad. ABS-CBN News screengrab

There’s a new Emmanuel Pacquiao in town who has been grabbing a lot of attention recently.

As selfie and autograph seekers surround him, Emmanuel Jr., or Jimuel Pacquiao, is now building his own fan base.

"It's not very often though," Pacquiao said, as he signed a glove and was asked if it was his first time to do so.

"I'm not new to it. I'm kind of used to it. It's not really that bad."

The Pacquiao kids have made trips to Las Vegas many times throughout their dad’s career, with the boys spending the past few fights at ringside.

But as a budding boxer who wants to follow in his world-champion father's footsteps, Jimuel said he views fight-week festivities in the lead-up to his dad's world-title clash with Keith Thurman in Las Vegas Sunday (Manila time) a bit differently.

"Instead of looking at it as a fan, I’m going to look at it as study time," Jimuel said. "I listen to all that analysts that talk about the sport."

As pundits make their predictions, Jimuel has his own bold, fight-night forecast for Pacquiao-Thurman.

"It’s going to be a late-round stoppage. I think my dad can get the job done." Jimuel said.

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