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Michael Pacquiao wins first amateur fight

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Michael Pacquiao wins first amateur fight

FIRST TRY. Michael Pacquiao (right) wins by unanimous decision over Nathaniel Ruiz in his amateur boxing debut.


Better known as a rapper, Michael Pacquiao says he wants to give boxing a try just like his older brother Jimuel

MANILA, Philippines – Michael Pacquiao can fight like his older brother Jimuel.

Showing the blood of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao also runs deep through his veins, Michael beat Nathaniel Ruiz by unanimous decision in his first amateur bout on Sunday, October 9, at the BF Homes Phase I Gymnasium in Parañaque.

Better known as a rapper, the 20-year-old Michael’s nose bled  in the first round following a straight by Ruiz.

The taller Michael, however, threw jabs and combinations and controlled the last two rounds against the winded Ruiz to earn the nod of all the judges.

The three rounds were set at two minutes each.

Unlike his older brother, who is deep in training in the United States and is bent on continuing the Pacquiao boxing legacy, Michael said, however, he just gave the sport a try.

Sinubukan ko lang ang boxing (I just wanted to try boxing),” said Michael, who was named the Best New Artist of the Year by the Aliw Awards in 2020 for his viral rap “Hate.”

He also released a new single “Put Your Body on Me” last September. (READ: Pacquiao son delivers KO with hit rap song)

With his impressive debut, Michael can also pursue boxing if he wants too. –

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