VLOG: Pacquiao inspires young boxers from GenSan

TAGUM CITY, Philippines - The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr boxing fever has reached the Palarong Pambansa. 

Thousands of young athletes and coaches from across the Philippines are expected to take a break from their sports events on Sunday, May 3, to cheer for Pacquiao.

A young boxer from General Santos City talks about his boxing idol.

David Lozada files this VLOG.

The historic match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr may be thousands of miles away but the boxing fever has certainly reached the Palarong Pambansa.

As the long-awaited bout draws near, young athletes and coaches from across the Philippines are also getting pumped up to cheer for their champion. The provincial government will host what could be the biggest outdoor gathering of Filipino fans rooting for Manny Pacquiao here in the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.

The opening ceremonies of this year’s palarong pambansa has been rescheduled to Monday, May 4, to give way to the Pacquiao-Mayweather match.

A young boxer from General Santos, the city where Pacquiao came from, tells us how his idol inspires him and his teammates to work hard for their dreams.

JASON MAMA, SOCCSKSARGEN BOXER:  Kaya po napili ko itong boxing kasi po idolo ko po talaga si Manny. Siya po ang nagsisilbing gabay namin sa pagba-boxing. Gusto ko talaga magboxing kasi po ang boxing nakakatulong sa akin sa pag-aaral, naging scholar po kami sa aming paaralan. Ang pangarap ko po bilang boxer ay makatapos po ako ng pag-aaral at matupad ko po mga pangarap ko gamit ang aking talent sa boxing. (I chose boxing because Manny Pacquiao is my idol. He serves as our role model and guide in the sport. Boxing also helps me in my studies. My dream is to become a professional boxer, finish my studies, and help my family through my talent.)

Young Filipino athletes here in the games look at Manny Pacquiao as a role model and an inspiration. For young boxers like Jason, he represents hope that there is a bright future in the sport.

David Lozada/ Rappler Tagum City - Rappler.com