Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr. is ready to follow in his dad’s footsteps and is back on track to do so following his first loss.
Many people know Manny Pacquiao. He is one of the greatest boxers to have ever lived. He ended his career with a record of 62-8-2. He won twelve major world titles over eight divisions during his career and now is ready for the next generation to take over. Pacquiao’s son, Emmanuel Jr. is just beginning his boxing career and despite an early upset, is back on track.
Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr. lost his first amateur bout back in June
At 21 years old Pacquiao Jr. has begun his amateur boxing career. At first, this career path was discouraged by his legendary father, but now the young fighter is thriving and growing under the tutelage that groomed his championship-caliber dad.
“We are really discouraging him [from boxing],” Pacquiao Sr. told The Mirror back in 2019 when his son began this path. “In our home, we don’t have any gloves or boxing equipment. But we have a basketball court. It pains me to see him box because I know how hard it is.”
Now, Pacquiao Jr.’s journey in the squared circle is in full swing. He got off to a great start, winning his first three bouts earlier this year. That all came to a halt as he lost in his fourth amateur fight. The loss came as a shock to many as the expectation put on him as the son of such a famous sports star was high.
Pacquiao Jr. bounced back and got himself back in the win column
The loss did not discourage him and he got back in the gym and continued training. Pacquiao Jr. trains at the same gym where his father spent a good portion of his career, Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. He trains with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach who has trained some of the biggest names in boxing and MMA including Canelo Alvarez and Georges St-Pierre.
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Pacquiao Jr. picked up his fourth win this past weekend in Montebello, California. He scored a decision victory in a three-round bout against Dylan Merriken at the Quiet Cannon Country Club. The bout was contested at lightweight and served as the “feature attraction” of the card. Pacquiao Jr. is taking his training seriously and putting the loss behind him. As for his father, he appears to have made a turnaround and now boasts about his son and his wins on social media.