By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Manny Pacquiao made news a few days ago when he stated that God had told him to retire.
Well apparently, God was referring to next year. Pacquiao, 33, has a won 54 of his 57 professional fights with two draws. He will put his WBO welterweight belt on the line against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas June 9. A number of weeks ago promoter Bob Arum expressed concern at Pacquiao’s retirement talk. Nevertheless, the famous promoter remains confident that once “The Pacman” starts training his mood will change. And his mood already seems to be going in the right direction... Recently the Manila Bulletin quoted Pacquiao as saying “Three fights pa.” (meaning he wants 3 more fights before retirement.)
Pacquiao is the first fighter in history to win titles in eight different weight divisions. After the Bradley fight, Arum has mentioned Juan Manual Marquez or Floyd “Money” Mayweather as possible opponents. Everybody and his brother (and mother) want Mayweather and Pacquiao to get it on except maybe the fighters themselves. The delays, obstacles, and excuses delaying the mega-fight have become tiresome.
Still with two more Pacquiao fights on the horizon the hope is that steady thinking will override stubborn sanctimonious.
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