When Manny Pacquiao retired in 2021, he undeniably left an indelible mark in the world of boxing. His signature performances against Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Antonio Margarito will certainly stand the test of time. His trademark left straight and his iconic boxing routines will also be included in the continuous celebration of his legacy.
On Saturday, a couple of familiar names in Philippine boxing paid tribute to the eight-division world champion. They were none other than Pacuiao’s son Jimuel and former featherweight world champion Mark Magsayo.
At the famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California, Jimuel and Magsayo got the chance to train together and work the heavy bag.
The two then took the opportunity to emulate the Filipino boxing icon’s signature rapid-fire punches, complete with the familiar "hu, hu, hu, hu” sound.
That’s how Pacman used to do it back in the day. He threw hundreds of ultra-quick short punches non-stop and let out the iconic “hu, hu, hu, hu” while he was at it.
He recently bared that he's targeting to unretire again and fight in the coming months, even dropping names of possible opponents.
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Jimuel's and Magnifico’s impressions of the Pambansang Kamao was pretty good. It wasn’t as fast and they failed to sustain Pacquiao’s patented grunt, but other than that, they did pretty well.
The 22-year-old Jimuel has been quite serious in his training. He’s got a handful of amateur fights under his belt and he’s had some convincing wins.
The 28-year-old Magsayo, meanwhile, is eyeing to bounce back after suffering two consecutive defeats. With the intensity he’s shown in training, though, the talented slugger will likely regain the momentum he’s seeking sooner than later.