MANNY Pacquiao said he is retiring from boxing after his April 9 fight with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao said the fight against Bradley will be his last, to be more focused on a “new job.”
“My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last. I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” Pacquiao told Philboxing.com’s Aquiles Zonio in an interview at his mansion in General Santos City.
Pacquiao denied a report that he wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he calls it a career.
“Wala akong sinabing ganun. Wala namang nag-interview sa akin tungkol diyan,” said Pacquiao.
Pagkatapos ng laban ko sa April 9, magreretiro na ako sa boxing,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao started boxing in small promotions in 1995, rising to become one of the superstars of the sport in an incredible rags-to-riches story.
There has been talk about Pacquiao retiring from boxing whe he filed for candidacy in the Senate although Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum said they are not marketing the Pacquiao-Bradley III card as the Filipino superstar’s last fight.
It appears Pacquiao’s focus will now be in politics as he expressed confidence about his chances of winning a seat in the Senate, based on the surveys.
“Consistent ‘yung ranking natin sa mga surveys. Among the top 10, palagi tayong nasa No. 7 or No. 8. I expect na aakyat pa ang ranking natin lalo na ‘pag naikot natin ang buong bansa,” Pacquiao said.