MANILA, Philippines – Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao Jr. showed flashes of brilliance and bested Mexican-American Andres Rosales by decision on his first fight in the United States on Saturday, March 12 (Sunday, March 13, Philippine time).
The 20-year-old son and namesake of Manny Pacquiao, the sport’s only eight-division world champion, engaged Rosales in fierce exchanges and landed the clearer hits to earn the nod of the judges in the three-round junior welterweight bout held before a sold-out crowd at the House of Boxing Training Center in San Diego, California.
Determined to pursue a boxing career, the younger Pacquiao chose to remain in the United States to train after his father lost to Yordenis Ugas in August 2021 and eventually retired to run for the Philippine presidency.
With Marvin Somodio as his main trainer, Jimuel was able to secure his US boxing license in December.
Like his father, Jimuel represented Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. Rosales, who was into his second bout, represented Rain Cross Boxing Academy of Riverside, California.
Comodo manned Jimuel’s corner while MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons provided moral support.
Jimuel had fought as an amateur back home, compiling a 4-1 record, including a knockout win over Miguel Egan and two victories over Lucas Carson. He lost by split decision to the more experienced Ken Danila of Imus, Cavite.
Apart from getting fighting tips from his father and Roach, Jimuel also got the chance to train alongside the current pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in Los Angeles.
Of course, Jimuel also did training sessions with notable Filipino coaches like Joven Jimenez, the longtime trainer of former International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas. – Rappler.com