Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines has reiterated that his fight in April against Timothy Bradley of the United States will be the final bout in his career.
“I don’t care what others think, but as for me, I will retire after the Bradley fight,” Pacquiao said via PhilBoxing.com.
Multiple personalities within the Pacquiao camp has shared their thoughts on the Filipino’s retirement with the likes of trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum stating that they don’t believe the fight against Bradley will be the last in the career of Pacquiao.
The recent interview directly addressed the doubts of a retirement from boxing for Pacquiao, who stated in previous interviews that he wants to focus on his political career in his home country. Pacquiao is running for senate in the Philippine national elections held in May, a month after his fight against Bradley.
Floyd Mayweather, who is responsible for Pacquiao’s latest loss, has also addressed the rumors that he is planning a comeback and has denied that he plans to “unretired” like he did in 2008 when he had his first retirement from the sport but came back.
Mayweather retired from boxing after his win against Andre Berto last September.
According to the same report, one way to “lure Pacquiao out of retirement” is if the rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao would happen.
Pacquiao, who has a record of 57 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws with 38 knockouts, will be facing Bradley, who has a record of 31 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, for the third time in their careers. Bradley won the first fight in 2012 in a controversial decision and Pacquiao won the rematch in 2014 via a 12-round unanimous decision.
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