A video of the teen sparring with an opponent went viral on social media last week, prompting Pacquiao to speak out on his son’s future in the sport.
“It pains me to see him box because I know how hard it is,” the 40-year-old Filipino fighter told ABS-CBN News. “We are really discouraging him. In our home, we don’t have any gloves or boxing equipment. But we have a basketball court.”
Pacquiao, who has five kids with wife Jinkee, went on to describe why he got into boxing in the first place. “I told him I only took up boxing because we were poor. It was a way for me to support my family.”
Having added the title of Philippines senator to his list of accolades, the eight-division-title-winning boxer most recently defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision on January 19.
And while Pacquiao hopes Jimuel pursues a career throwing free shots, not punches, he admits it’s unlikely. According to ABS-CBN News, the dad of three said that “he really wants to [box].”
As for Pacquiao, fans may see him in the ring again soon. After his January win, the boxer challenged Floyd Mayweather to a rematch of their famous 2015 fight (dubbed the “Fight of the Century”). “I’m a champion,” Pacquiao said during a post-match press conference. “Get back to the ring and we will fight again if [Mayweather] wants.”