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Manny Pacquiao is Urging His Eldest Son To Stop 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.

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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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Nusky on 02-22-2019

[QUOTE=P4P Forever;19531090]Nah. Not at all, was rooting for Marquez in that fight. He was robbed in the other fights! In a way it was Karma, cuz it was the only fight Pacquio was clearly wining until he got KTFO Cold!…

Comment by P4P Forever on 02-22-2019

[QUOTE=Nusky;19527209]Not at all. When it comes to boxing I only bet on a sure thing. And even then anything can happen in boxing. With 7 loses(and counting)Manny is never a sure bet-especially now. I did think it was the ultimate…

Comment by Pinoy4ever on 02-21-2019

Pac Jr. Let's go!

Comment by SnoopySmurf on 02-21-2019

Boxing gets you punch drunk so I guess Pac sr. is concerned about that. He knows what his own future will be when his speech starts to slur.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 02-21-2019

I hear Manny on this one

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