By Dean Jenkins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has the power to keep former eight division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao from hanging up his gloves after one more fight in 2016. Pacquiao said this week that he plans on retiring next year if he gets elected into the senate in the Philippines.
Pacquiao isn’t expected to take a fight against Mayweather in his first fight of 2016, because he’s coming off of shoulder surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has already named the fighters that he’s going to pick for Pacquiao’s next fight and Mayweather’s name isn’t one of them.
“I would like to inform you that I’m running for senator this coming 2016 election. Whatever I did in my district in Sarangani, I would try to duplicate it in the whole country once I get elected,” Pacquiao said via the Digital Journal.
If Pacquiao gets elected into office then the only thing that is going to keep him from retiring is for Mayweather to come back from his own retirement and challenge Pacquiao in the 2nd half of 2016. Arum wants to match Pacquiao against Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, Juan Manuel Marquez or Kell Brook. One of those lucky fighters is going to get the fight in the first quarter of 2016. But once that fight is over with, Pacquiao will either retire from the sport or he’ll continue on if Mayweather comes out of retirement and wants to fight him.
“In the coming days, I will be embracing new levels of responsibility,” said Pacquiao. “I will be confronting tough challenges. My second term as your congressmen will soon be over, but I will continue to be of service you and to our fellow Filipinos,” he added.
It sounds like Pacquiao is going to be a busy person once he gets elected into office in the senate, and he likely will be getting elected because he’s so popular in the Philippines. The only way he doesn’t’ get elected is if the people are afraid to elect him because it will cause him to end his career.
“I am not saying that I am retiring but maybe there is one more fight before the elections), and then I’m ready to retire from boxing. More than 20 years in boxing. Maybe I’ll be ready to retire because I’ve been in boxing for over 20 years.”