Pacquiao brushes off retirement call, vows to keep fighting 'until the passion is gone'
Manny Pacquiao has made it clear he isn't retiring - yet. Wendell Alinea

IF you're one of those fans hoping to see global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao hang up his gloves soon, don't count on it.

Amid a growing clamor for his retirement from fans who feel he has nothing left to prove in a sport that made him the country's biggest sports icon, Pacquiao made it clear he will keep fighting so long as the competitiveness and the passion is still there.

"I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country," Pacquiao posted on his official Twitter account @mannypacquiao on Tuesday.

Pacquiao attached a photo of him bloodied from cuts in the head caused by headbutts during a controversial unanimous decision loss to Jeff Horn last July 2.

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That should serve as an emphatic answer to calls for his retirement even if Pacquiao, five months away from his 39th birthday, is clearly no longer the same fighter that took the world by storm with famous victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricky Hatton.

However, the eight-division world champion has lost thrice over the past three years, including to rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in 2015 and hasn't stopped an opponent since his TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Over the weekend, Pacquiao gave another reason on why he continues to fight by way of a video of him handing doleouts to people while on vacation after the loss to Horn.

The video has more than 5 milion views on Facebook at posting time. Watch it HERE.

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