LAS VEGAS – Now even Manny Pacquiao’s top promoter is convinced Saturday night’s (Sunday, Manila time) fight against Tim Bradley will indeed, be his last.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said he’s prepared for any eventuality should the boxing legend from General Santos City finally calls it quits from the fight game and focus on public service.
“I wouldn’t be really surprised if it would be his last fight,” Arum confessed. “I don’t see the hunger for him to continue. I think he is really serious about devoting himself to other things like being a politician. I really think that.”
Arum initially believed Pacquiao, 37, will still continue fighting even after the Bradley bout.
But then he noticed the eight-time world champion has not been talking to him about a future fight if and when he gets past the 32-year-old Bradley.
“He’s not talking about ‘If I win, I wanna fight X, if I win, I wanna fight Y. He’s not talking to me about that,” said the 85-year-old promoter.
Like any other boxers who retired from the sport only to stage a comeback later on, Arum sees Pacquiao as someone vulnerable to changing his mind.
And the thing that leads him to that? A lucrative rematch with the now retired Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“He’s not gonna come back just to do an ordinary comeback,” Arum said.
As for another bout with Floyd, that’s certainly another story.