HOLLYWOOD – If cage great Benjie Paras will have his way, he prefers pal Manny Pacquiao to finally hang up his gloves.
In as much as he likes to see the ring legend fight forever, the 47-year-old PBA Hall of Famer said it would really be good for Pacquiao's welfare if he walks away from the brutal sports shortly after his April 9 bout with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Siguro it’s the right time na mag-retire na siya kasi bugbog na rin yung katawan (niya),” said Paras, who is on vacation here to check on basketball player son Kobe.
“As an athlete, alam ko naman 'yan e,” he stressed.
Paras, the only pro player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in 1989, retired after 14 seasons as injuries ravaged his brilliant and at times, controversial career. He was only 35-years-old then.
He wants Pacquiao to walk away from the sport while he’s still at the top of his game.
“Mahirap na yung dumarating sa time na hirap na 'yung katawan. Naniningil kasi 'yan pag tumanda,” added the part-time TV and movie actor, who is a close friend of the eight-time world division champion.
Pacquiao has declared he’s fighting for the last time this Saturday against Bradley, saying he intends to focus on public service as he will be seeking a Senate seat in the Philippines in the coming May 9 national polls.
But he seemed to be uncertain about his decision now, saying he won’t come out with his course of action until after the election.