Emmanuel Pacquiao: Like Father, Like Son

Emmanuel Pacquiao: Like Father, Like Son

The name of Manny Pacquiao might be a thing of the past in boxing, at least in comparison to what it once was, but another Pacquiao is at the embryonic stage of his boxing journey.

Reportedly against the initial wishes of his father, Emmanuel Pacquiao is four fights into finding his own way in the sport his father once graced and dominated. Those early concerns appear now to have given way to one of acceptance. After winning his debut, his father said:

“Congratulations to my son on fighting and winning his first United States amateur fight at junior welterweight! I’m so proud of you,”

The first three fights were in front of packed crowds and Pacquiao started out with three wins. But over the weekend, Pacquiao Jr had his win streak snapped by the debutant Chris Smith at San Fransisco’s Irish Center losing on points in a close hard-fought affair. But that is unlikely to be the end of the story.

Pacquiao 21, started his own career in March in San Diego, and the loss to Smith, will seemingly only motivate him further. Learning his trade under the likes of Freddie Roach and Canelo Alvarez, Pacquiao is giving himself every chance of success in his fledgling career.

After a failed Presidential bid, there are reports that Manny Pacquiao will make a return to the ring in some shape or form later this year. Talk of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather has never really gone away. An exhibition between the pair can’t be ruled out, although offers have also been made to Amir Khan. A return now looks inevitable.

Pacquiao had initially wanted his son to swerve boxing and look elsewhere for a career, including considerations in becoming an influencer or compete in a different sport entirely. With a basketball court at the Pacquiao residence, the hint wasn’t taken. Despite dabbling in the modelling world, Pacquiao Jr seems intent on forging a path in boxing. Talk of gaining more experience before he even considers going down the professional route, are words from someone who appears set to stay in the sport for the foreseeable future.

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