Manny Pacquiao, current welterweight boxing champion and pound for pound king, appears to be ready to give up boxing in the very near future, possibly after his June 9th fight with undefeated contender Tim Bradley. In a recent interview with MindaNews.com Pacquiao, who recently turned 33, hinted at his desire to leave boxing soon, maybe in 2012:
Pacquiao disclosed over the weekend that he is seriously leaning on retiring from boxing after his scheduled June 9 World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight against American brawler Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s not right that I share God’s word and at the same time hurt other people,” he told reporters after gracing the oath-taking of newly-promoted personnel of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion in Maasim town in Sarangani.
“I’ve gained more than enough blessings these past years so I think it’s time for me to return the favor,” he said in Filipino.
Pacquiao recently sold his flock of over 1,000 fighting cocks (pause), his shares in a Manila casino as well as his ownership of a nightclub and was quoted as saying “I realize I was a weak person before. If I had died I believe my soul would have ended in hell. I had faith, but I was doing things which were against the will of God.”
This news may be a bit disheartening for boxing fans who were still holding out hope that Pacquiao would eventually face Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he hung up his gloves, but that fight is most likely never going to materialize. I commend Pacquiao for putting his faith before fortune and turning his life in a different, more positive direction.
To date Pacquiao has had an excellent career, winning titles in an unprecedented eight divisions. The southpaw has a career record of 54-3-2, including 38 wins by way of knockout. Pacquaio will go down as arguably one of the greatest pound for pound boxers of this generation.
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