Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao still wants his kids away from boxing

Beatrice Go

OTHER SPORTS. Manny Pacquiao gets hurt thinking about his family going through the same hardships as him.

Photo from Manny Pacquiao's Instagram

'I always encourage them to finish their school and focus on another sport,' says Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao reiterated once again that he prefers his kids would stay out of the ring.

Boxing’s lone eight-division world champion has been vocal about this wish especially when his eldest son Jimuel said he wanted to follow his footsteps.

“Actually, I don’t allow them to enter boxing, but if that’s their dream and passion, then I will support them,” said Pacquiao in an interview with Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the prestigious wax figure museum which will soon feature the Filipino boxing legend.

Jimuel, though, has been proving his commitment and passion for the sport, prompting Manny to slowly embrace the painful idea. (WATCH: Pacquiao trains son Jimuel in boxing)

“But I always encourage them to finish their school and focus on another sport. Not only boxing, but basketball,” added Pacquiao, who started his own basketball league in the Philippines, the MPBL.

Just like how he inspired his sons, Pacquiao hopes his rags-to-riches story and legacy would inspire the world especially with his Madame Tussauds wax figure set to be unveiled.

“For now, I would like to let you know that I deeply appreciate all your efforts and recognizing my contribution in the field of sports,” said Pacquiao, noting he feels honored being featured in the iconic museum alongside some of the world’s top personalities and celebrities.

“My desire is to be an inspiration not just to the Filipino people but to everyone across the globe. To everyone who continues to pursue their dreams regardless of challenges and obstacles, let us together dream bigger dreams.”

Pacquiao recently signed up with Paradigm Sports Management and put MMA legend Conor McGregor, who is under the same management, on the short list of probable rivals along with Errol Spence and Danny Garcia.

The Senator last faced Keith Thurman in July 2019, dethroning the American for the World Boxing Association super welterweight title through a split decision win. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.