MANNY PACQUIAO congratulated his son for winning his amateur boxing debut with an emotional social media message.
Manny Jr took the first steps to following in his dad’s legendary footsteps by securing victory in his amateur bow in San Diego on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old scored a unanimous decision victory over fellow rookie Andres Rosales at the House of Boxing Gym.
And proud dad Pacquiao – who is currently bidding to become President of the Philippines – took to Instagram to congratulate his namesake for having his hand raised.
He wrote: “Congratulations to my son @pacquiao.emmanuel on fighting and winning his first US amateur fight at junior welterweight! I’m so proud of you.”
Manny Jr, 21, showcased a stiff jab during the club clash and had repeated success with his overhand right, although he was unable to put his man on the canvas.
Official scorecards weren’t revealed after the fight, with the judges merely announcing the Filipino as the winner.
Manny Jr – who has made the Wild Card Boxing gym his home – has shown great promise, despite his dad encouraging him to focus on modelling and becoming a social media influencer.
The former eight-weight world champion said: “We are really discouraging him [from boxing]
“In our home, we don’t have any gloves or boxing equipment. But we have a basketball court.”
He added: “It pains me to see him box because I know how hard it is.”
Manny Jr’s first amateur victory came six months after his dad brought the curtain down on a stellar career that saw him become boxing’s first and only eight-division world champion.
Pacman announced his retirement last September, a month after his unanimous decision defeat to WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.
He said: “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over.
“Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought that this day would come.
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao was involved in the highest-selling pay-per-view fight of all time in May 2015 when he took on arch-rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.