Manny Pacquiao Won’t Commit To Retiring From Boxing Amid Political Ambitions: “Let Me Rest First” | Boxing News
Manny Pacquiao refused to raise the curtain on a glorious career in the aftermath of his loss to Yordenis Ugas on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The Hall of Fame fighter is now 42 and was in the ring for the first time in two years, but, on the bad side of a unanimous decision, he didn’t play with the zip of his young self.
Pacquiao, already a senator in his home country of the Philippines, is expected to run for president next year, which would surely culminate in the conclusion of a magnificent boxing journey.
Asked about the possibility of hanging his gloves after the fight on Saturday night, he replied, “I don’t know. Let me first rest, relax and decide if I will continue fighting or not.”
Pacquiao said of the Philippine presidential bid: “I will make a final announcement next month.
“I know I am facing a difficult problem in a world more difficult than boxing. But I want to help people.”
He then hinted at his future: “We have fulfilled our dream as a fighter. I am a fighter in and out of the ring. I can’t wait to return to the Philippines to serve the people.
“I can’t wait to spend time with my family and think about my future in boxing.
“In the future, will you see Manny Pacquiao fighting in the ring? I don’t know.
“I’m so happy with what I did in boxing.
“I did my best tonight but it wasn’t good enough. No apologies.”
Pacquiao failed to win the WBA welterweight championship against Ugas in the 72nd fight of a career that began in 1995.
He was scheduled to face Errol Spence Jr, but an eye injury from the IBF and WBC champion meant Ugas had become a replacement opponent.
“I struggled in the ring,” he admitted. “I made adjustments to his body style.
“It was a problem for me because I didn’t make those adjustments right away.
“My legs were so tight. It was hard to move.”
Pacquiao is the only boxer to have been world champion for four different decades.
He is the only men’s world champion in eight divisions.
His sensational career exploded when he beat Oscar De La Hoya. He also has famous victories over Erik Morales and Ricky Hatton.
His four-fight rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez was epic. Pacquiao lost eight times, including in the richest bout of all time against Floyd Mayweather, but still roared back.
Whether he was last seen inside a boxing ring may now depend on his political aspirations.