Manny Pacquiao said he doesn't want his 18-year-old son, Jimuel, to become a boxer.
"We are really discouraging him. In our home we don't have any gloves or boxing equipment," Pacquiao said Wednesday. "But we have a basketball court."
Video of Jimuel going through a training session in the ring earlier this month generated a lot of attention and raised questions about whether he'd attempt to follow in his father's footsteps:
Pacquiao said he explained to his son that he only pursued boxing because his family was poor and it gave him a path to "support my family," per Kim.
"It pains me to see him box because I know how hard it is," he told ABS-CBN News.
Nevertheless, the 40-year-old Filipino superstar has continued his own professional career despite also serving as a senator in the Philippines.
He defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision in January and proceeded to propose a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. after their hyped encounter in 2015 fell flat, with Mayweather winning a snoozefest.
While Pacquiao is hoping Jimuel ultimately chooses a career path outside the ring, he conceded his son "really wants to [box]."