Manny Pacquiao will officially hang up his gloves after his third fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9. The 37 year old Filipino made the announcement on Tuesday saying that “it’s time” to go into retirement.
FOX Sports reports the eight division champion saying: “”I’m so happy hanging up my gloves after this fight. I’m sure I’ll feel sad after that, but that’s life. It’s time, I think.”
Nearly nine months after losing to Floyd Mayweather in the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Pacquiao still feels that he won that fight.
“(Mayweather) retired already, so I’m going to retire also after this fight. I never regret. In fact, I thought I won the fight. A lot of people, my fans, believe I won the fight. … I know (it’s time to retire) because after this, I have another big responsibility in the Philippines, which is serving the people,” Pacquiao added.
“My family wanted me to retire before I fought Mayweather. I started this boxing just to help my mother, and I’ll end my boxing career to help the country,” Pacquiao said.
However, his promoter, Bob Arum refuses to call it as Pacquiao’s last fight.
“I will not promote it as Manny’s last fight,” Arum said.
“He says he’s going to retire, and maybe he will. The truth is that you never know with any boxer, but I haven’t known Manny to say things he doesn’t mean. But we all realize this could be the last time he fights.”
Pacquiao will now face Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9. They previously met in 2012 where Bradley won by a split decision and in their 2014 rematch where Pacquiao won by an unanimous decision.
As FOX Sports reports, Pacquiao will earn a staggering $20 million from his third fight with Bradley.