Bob Arum: 'April 9th will be Manny's last fight'

Milan Ordoņez on Oct 25, 2015 12:20 PM
Bob Arum: 'April 9th will be Manny's last fight'
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Manny Pacquiao’s retirement date has been apparently set. 

This, coming from promote Bob Arum, who met with the Filipino boxing icon last week in New York City. Pacquiao was in the United States to receive his Asia Society award for Asia’s ‘Game Changer of the Year’.

"I'm telling you what he told me last week at dinner in New York," Arum told ESPN.com. "We talked very seriously and he said, 'Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.'

"Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight."

Pacquiao had already floated around the idea of retiring to fully focus on his aspirations as a public servant. The current Congressman of Sarangani Province is eyeing for a Senatorial seat in 2016.

A short list of next possible opponents has been put up, namely Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, and world champion Terence Crawford.

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