MICHAEL Koncz, the business adviser of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, has one piece of advice to the Filipino champ.
“To be honest with you, I already recommended that he retire,” Koncz told Spin.ph.
Koncz admitted suggesting before that Pacquiao finally considering hanging up his gloves, more so now when the wear and tear of fighting has finally caught up with him after suffering an injury on his right shoulder in the run-up to his megabout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“When you start to have injuries especially at this magnitude, that’s an indication to me that the body is starting to wear down,” he stressed.
“Does Manny still have the speed and skills? Yeah! But his injuries are starting to come. But we haven’t really sat down and talked about that. But I mentioned it: ‘Maybe it’s time to retire.' But we’ll wait and see,” he insisted.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao underwent surgery three weeks ago in the US to repair a tear in his rotator cuff which he aggravated during the course of the 12-round match against Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and his camp later cited the injury after losing to the 38-year-old Mayweather by unanimous decision.
The eight-time world division champion will take about six to nine months to fully recover from the surgery, reason why boxing is the least of his priorities right now, according to Koncz.
“Our focus right now is nothing more than the rehabilitation of his shoulder, he had surgery a few weeks ago,” he said.
“We want to make sure it’s a hundred percent then we’ll decide on the activity. There’s no fight this year, that’s for sure. We’re not thinking about boxing,” added Koncz.
Asked about the possibility of enticing the unbeaten Mayweather to a rematch, Koncz could only shake his head.
“Again, we’re not thinking about boxing, we did the best we could on May 2nd.Floyd Mayweather won. They raised his hand, so let him enjoy his victory. If we decide to box again, we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“But we’re not asking, we’re not thinking, we’re not planning no revenge (against Mayweather)!”