Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa, responding to a last question during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Amelie Hotel in Ermita, said he believes Jimuel Pacquiao, eldest child of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee, is “serious” about following his father’s footsteps inside the ring.
“Mukhang seryoso talaga,” said Peñalosa, who spoke with Jimuel’s parents recently and apparently got confirmation that the young Pacquiao is taking his sire’s career path.
“Hindi daw mapigilan,” he said. “Kinausap ko si ma’am Jinkee muna, tapos si Senator, e gusto daw talaga. Kako, e kung ganoon, e sige na lang siguro. Karangalan din naman yon.”
Asked if he would allow his own son, who he named Julio Cesar after the legendary Mexican champion Julio Cezar Chavez, to take up the sport, Peñalosa burst into laughter and said: “Baka patayin ako ng asawa ko!”
Meanwhile, the stage is set for the IBO world flyweight title clash between Filipino Carlo Peñalosa and Mexican Maximino Flores at the TV5 Studio on Saturday in Novaliches.
The 26-year-old Peñalosa, nephew of former two-division world champions Dodie Boy and Gerry Penalosa, said the fight is the biggest challenge of his life.
“This is a world championship. It’s my biggest challenge. It’s the first time I’m facing a Mexican,” he said.
Peñalosa carries a 14-1 record with seven knockouts.
The 28-year-old Flores, who will challenge Peñalosa for the vacant IBO flyweight crown, also graced the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel and Pagcor.
The more experienced boxer with a record of 24-4-1 and 17 knockouts, Flores said he trained three months for the fight.
Also gracing the forum were the four finalists of the Ultimate Boxing Series: Kamaong Pinoy, a reality show put up by Gerry Penalosa’s boxing promotions company and fully backed by TV5.
It’s now down to four – April Jay Abne and Ronel Sumalpong for the UBS flyweight title, and Lienard Sarcon and Aljum Pepesio for the bantamweight crown.
The event is free to the public.