HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao held court before mediamen during his regular media workout four days before he leaves for Las Vegas for his April 9 (April 10, Manila time) showdown against Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao answered questions from the horde of mediamen representing television outfits, newspapers, and sports websites on topics ranging from his third meeting with Bradley, about retirement, political career, Olympics, and other matters concerning the man proclaimed as the Best Fighter of the Decade.
Spin.ph gathered and compiled the best question asked and the best answeresgiven during the more than two-hour proceedings also graced by trainer Freddie Roach, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, and upcoming, unbeaten light-welterweight fighter Jose Ramirez.
MEDIA: Is this really the last one?
MANNY PACQUIAO: After this I’m decided to go back to the Philippines and focus on helping the people.
M: Is there anything that will make change you’re mind about coming back?
MP: It’s hard to say right now. I’m here enjoying for the next fight. I can’t say yes or no. I didn’t feel it yet. My decision is going back to the Philippines and focus on helping the people like what I did before.
M: So definitely you could leave a little door open maybe on what will happen?
MP: I don’t wanna say something I don’t know yet. I’m not there yet. I don’t know what’s the feeling when you become retired.
M: Will a victory help you secure a spot in your political career in the Senate?
MP: I can’t say yes but it will help a lot.
M: How do you want us to remember you?
MP: I wanted to remember me not only as a good person inside the ring but outside the ring.
M: If indeed you retire, what will you miss most in boxing?
MP: I will miss Bob Arum (laughs).
M: How about the Olympics?
MP: If the Olympic committee (IOC) will allow me to fight, I’m not saying yes or no. I’m not committing that I’m going to fight. I have to think about it.
M: What do you think about professional athletes now in the Olympics. Would it make a big difference because you guys can compete now?
MP: It’s better to allow professionals in the Olympics. Even the NBA is allowed to play in the Olympics.
M: What concerns you most about fighting a tough guy like Tim Bradley?
MP: “I don’t have concerns about Bradley. My concern about every fight is my condition and my training, that’s always my concern.
M: What was your motivation to pick Bradley a third time?
MP: Because when I won there was a lot of questions and doubts from the fans and from them. The fight will gonna be the good answer to all the questions.
M: Will we ever see another fighter like you come out from the PH?
MP: That’s a good question. I have a lot of fighters from the Philippines, almost more than 20 boxers. They’re good. Freddie (Roach) saw some of them and he likes them. They’re strong. One day I’ll try to bring them here.
M: With all the news that’s coming out recently, are those news a distraction to your camp?
MP: It’s not a distraction. I’m just telling the truth. I explained it properly but the problem is they cut my interview. The whole interview is about 5 to 10 minutes. But they cut it short. I explained properly. Who am I to condemn them, or to discriminate other people? I’m also human, I’m also a sinner. Who am I to condemn other people? But what I’m telling is the truth and what I’m condemning is the act. If a person is a murderer, you’re not condemning him as a person, but the act of murder.
M: The fact that you have titles in eight different divisions, is that what you’re most proud of when you think of you’re entire career?
MP: Yes, who else did win titles in eight different divisions? Yeah, am proud of that.