Manny Pacquiao Jr. (Jimuel) scores knockdown on boxing debut
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Jr., or Jimuel as he’s fondly known – made his amateur debut on Saturday afternoon in Alabang.
The eldest son of pound for pound boxing legend Manny Pacquiao fought out a draw with Lucas Carson in a contest boasting headguards
An Instagram post by Dylan Castillejo saw Pacquiao Jr. wobble his opponent, who then touched the canvas for a knockdown.
Both fighters continued swinging for the duration of a fight taking place in front of a small crowd of family and friends.
Tiring late on, Pacquiao Jr. seemed to struggle with the pace despite the fight only being two rounds.
Failing to stay on his feet towards the end, Pacquiao Jr. got a first-hand taste of his dad’s full-time job.
Speaking to his son on video call just before the match took place, Pacquiao Sr. will undoubtedly have words of encouragement for his teenage offspring.
Jimuel has spent some time preparing for the bout at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. But Jimuel stills hunts a first victory in the ring.
At thing stage, it’s not known if Jimuel will take up the sport full time.
MANNY PACQUIAO SR.
On the other hand, Pacquiao Sr. is enjoying a renaissance later in his career. ‘Pacman’ has won his last two fights and is the current WBA ‘regular’ welterweight ruler.
The only ever eight-weight world champion, Pacquiao is also riding high on the WBN Top 50 boxers list.
Only Vasyl Lomachenko, Canelo Alvarez, Oleksandr Usyk, and potential future opponent Mikey Garcia are higher than the 40-year-old.
Pacquiao continues to be linked to a high-profile rematch with Floyd Mayweather at some point in 2019. However, the re-emergence of Marcos Maidana has opened up another opportunity.
Maidana got offered the chance to return to the top after a five-year absence under Al Haymon. If the Argentinian accepts, a clash with Pacquiao could become a top priority in the future.