- The eldest son of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Jimuel, won his first-ever sanctioned amateur fight against Mexican American boxer Andres Rosales on Saturday.
- The 21-year-old boxer prepared for the match under his famous father’s assistant of 10 years, Marvin Somodio, and represented his home gym.
- While Manny Pacquiao was unable to attend, he posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram account stating he was “so proud.”
- Manny Pacquiao recently retired from the sport at the end of last year, at the same time he announced he would be running for president of the Philippines.
Jimuel Pacquiao kicked off his boxing career with his first amateur fight win.
On Saturday, March 12, Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao, 21-year-old son of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 43, and his wife Jinkee Pacquiao, was victorious by decision in his first-ever sanctioned amateur fight over Mexican American opponent Andres Rosales. Pacquiao Jr. now stands at 1-0 in his amateur career.
Pacquiao Jr., who is the couple’s eldest son, was coached by Marvin Somodio, his father’s former assistant for a decade. He also represented the same gym, Wild Card Boxing Club.
“This is only his first amateur fight but he showed me that he has heart. He’ll get better and stronger,” Somodio said of Pacquiao Jr. after the fight.
Manny Pacquiao, who was unable to attend the match, boasted about his son’s win in a heartfelt post on his Instagram account.
“Congratulations to my son [Emmanuel Pacquiao] on fighting and winning his first U.S. amateur fight at junior welterweight! I’m so proud of you. #TeamPacquiao.”
Pacquiao Sr. recently retired from the sport at the end of last year, at the same time he announced he would be running for president of the Philippines.
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