Jimuel Pacquiao could be following in father Manny's footsteps
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 08, 2019 06:51 PM
(Photo courtesy of Manny Pacquiao on Instagram)
At 40, Manny Pacquiao is definitely on the tail end of his career, and while he may still be able to compete at a high level now, eventually, the eight-division world champion will have to call it a career.
Definitely, there will never be another Manny Pacquiao, but there could be another Pacquiao to continue Manny's legacy inside the ring, and that's none other than his son Jimuel.
The 18-year old has already begun his boxing journey, winning all three of his amateur fights this year, and as his father gets ready for his title bout against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas later this month, Jimuel was able to see his dad at work in the gym.
"It feels good, I can finally watch him train, watch him spar, get a few ideas from him," said Jimuel, who was at the Wild Card Gym during one of Manny's training sessions last week. Jimuel and the rest of the Pacquiao family recently arrived in the US to join Manny ahead of his big title bout.
"I'm trying to get as much as I can, since they're pros already," Jimuel added.
Jimuel has expresse his desire to follow his footsteps and even hopefully represent the country in International competition.
"Hopefully, it would be a big privelege to represent the Philippines if ever," he said.
If Jimuel does decided to make a career of the sweet science as well, then he may not have to look too far for a coach in his corner.
Also in the states for the Pacquiao camp is Paul Fernandez, the son of Manny's friend and trainer Buboy. Paul has been in camp from the beginning, and says that he has learned a lot seeing his dad train the Filipino boxing legend.
Could Jimuel and Paul be the second coming of the Pacquiao-Fernandes tandem? Only time will tell.
For now however, Paul says that he will be focusing on his studies, but if Jimuel asks for some help in training, he won't think twice about doing so.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN
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