After 20 years as a pro, Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) appears to be at the end of his career with possibly one more fight to go before he hangs up his gloves. Pacquiao said earlier Wednesday that he’s thinking of giving up boxing if he gets elected into the senate in March in the Philippines. Pacquiao, 36, is running for a senate spot and he has a very good chance of getting that position.
Pacquiao has two more fights that he’s eligible to take in 2016 with his promoters at Top Rank, but it’s unknown at this time whether he’ll take both of them. Pacquiao is expected to be back in the ring in the 1st quarter of 2016 against possibly the likes of Amir Khan, Terence Crawford or Kell Brook. But that will be determined on whether his surgically repaired right shoulder will be able to hold up to training for the fight and whether he gets clearance from his doctor. There’s a lot of ifs involved with Pacquiao’s next fight.
Even if Pacquiao isn’t ready to go in early 2016, he’ll still eventually fight at least one more time. It’s doubtful that Top Rank will tear up Pacquiao’s contract if he gets elected in March and then lets him walk away with his final year of his contract with them incomplete.
“I think I’m ready. I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years. I prayed to God for guidance and I am happy about it,” Pacquiao said to ab-cbnnews.com. “I will have to give up the other things that require my attention. If you are a senator, your focus should only be your job and your family.”
This is a going to be a real downer for the sport of boxing if/when Pacquiao does end his career in 2016. Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather both have carried the sport on their shoulders for the past decade. Mayweather already retired last September after his win over Andre Berto. If Pacquiao leaves the sport too, it’s going to leave a big hole that will need to be replaced by some other big name. Unfortunately, there is no one that can step in and take Pacquiao’s place in terms of being a big box office draw, and a guy that can bring in over 1 million PPV buys each time they fight.
“We cannot say if there is a rematch or not. It depends, it depends,” Pacquiao said about a rematch with Mayweather.
Mayweather has repeatedly said that he won’t be fighting Pacquiao again, and I think he’s serious about that. I’m not holding my breath waiting for Mayweather to come back and say he wants Pacquiao.