Athlete-politician Manny Pacquiao shares his thoughts on his eldest son following in his footsteps.
After news came out last month that Jimuel Pacquiao had been offered a lead role in a Hollywood action film, Manny Pacquiao said he will support his eldest son’s endeavors, whether it be in acting or in following in his footsteps in boxing. “Sinusuportahan ko siya sa career niya pero parang mahirap yata yung sa boxing. Gusto niya yung boxing eh. Pero mahirap kasi yung boxing. Sa pag-aartista okay lang naman basta huwag niyang kalimutan yung pag-aaral niya. Tapusin niya yung pag-aaral niya,” he said during the Anta Philippines press launch.
Manny admitted he also gives his son advice when it comes to dating and getting into relationships. Earlier this year, Jimuel had reportedly been dating former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Heaven Peralejo until August this year. “Nag-a-advise lang ako on the right way. Tapos as a father, kailangan ko gampanan yung pagiging tatay ko, advise-an ko yung anak ko para mailagay sa tamang landas,” he said.
Manny also gave an update about his mother Dionisia who is also in the public eye. “Okay naman siya. Magkasama lang kami kagabi sa Gen San so okay naman. Malakas siya. God is good,” he added.
For those eagerly awaiting his next appearance in the ring, Manny said there are fights planned next year. “Wala pa. Next year pa kasi next year pa yung window ko. Mahaba yung bakasyon. May trabaho kasi sa Senate kasi hindi puwedeng kumuha na lang. Wala pa naman (kalaban). Si Errol Spence sana pero nadisgrasya man siya so papagaling pa yun,” he shared.
Even after entering politics, Manny said his heart will always be with sports and the welfare of our national athletes just like him. “Yung mga training center ng bawat province importante yun at may batas na tayo so implement na lang. Para masuportahan yung mga athleta natin na magagaling, may skills sila sa larangan ng sports,” he said.