Manny Pacquiao insisted he is retiring from the sport of boxing and his fans agree that it’s time for him to leave the sport. The numbers for the Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 fight did not meet the expectations as it only drew about half a million buys while local boxing fans in the Philippines did not show support for the Filipino boxer when he went home to celebrate the victory.
“It is what it is. It is what it is. That’s all I can say,” Bob Arum said in an interview via RingTV.com.
It was obviously a disappointment for the Top Rank president as they expected the Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3 fight to get at least 700,000. The first two fights between Pacquiao and Bradley had over 800,000 each and the last fight showed that boxing fans were not about to get cheated again for their money after the disappointing performance from Pacquiao in his 2015 loss to rival Floyd Mayweather.
There was also a low turnout in Pacquiao’s “victory parade” celebrating his win over Bradley and his career. In previous fights, thousands of fans took time to take the road to greet Pacquiao but only a few decided to celebrate with Pacquiao this time.
Aside from his poor performance against Mayweather, another reason why Filipino fans are not supporting Pacquiao anymore is because the boxer is running for a senatorial seat in the Philippine elections next month. While he still has a lots of fans and supporters, majority of his countrymen criticize his decision to continue being part of the Philippine politics.
An elected congressman in previous elections, Pacquiao is one of the representatives that has a very low attendance in congress sessions and he has submitted zero bills in his stint as congressman.
Pacquiao is retiring from the sport of boxing. And judging by the reaction and support of fans, it appears as a good decision as fans appears to have grown tired of his acts, both on top of the ring and outside.