Usually, a father would always want his child to follow his footsteps – doctors, engineers and lawyers.
However, for Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, he hopes that none of his children – particularly his sons – would follow his journey when it comes to prize fighting.
The eight-time division world champion shared his feelings in an interview with Bobo Yu, marketing head of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, which recently made a wax figure of Pacquiao.
“Actually, I don’t allow them to enter boxing,” said Pacquiao, whose fame and fortune came from a stellar career in the sport that made him one of the most recognizable figures in the world.
That popularity helped Pacquiao win a congressional slot in the lone district of Sarangani in 2010, a position he held until 2016 – the year he won a seat in the senate.
But the 41-year-old Pacquiao was quick to say that he – together with his wife Jinkee – are there for their five children in whatever they want to accomplish in life.
“If that’s their dream and passion (boxing), I will support them,” said Pacquiao, whose eldest Emmanuel Jr. – also known as Jimuel – is an amateur boxer with a ring record of 4-1.
Aside from Jimuel, the Pacquiao’s children are Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess), Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) and Israel, all of whom he wants to see finish school.
“I always encourage them to finish their school and focus on another sport, not only boxing, but basketball,” said Pacquiao.