Pacquiao restates: 'After April 9th, I'm retiring from boxing'
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 05, 2016 05:23 PM
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This past week, a few reports surfaced about Manny Pacquiao’s intent to postpone his scheduled retirement after April 9th of this year to open up a chance for another fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I have been very vocal about it (fighting Mayweather) even before the Bradley fight was made official on New Year's eve,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Philboxing.com. “The reason is simple, I want to end my 21-year boxing career with a big bang so to speak."
But apparently, Pacquiao’s retirement is already set in stone. Speaking to the same media outlet, the first and only eight-division world champion dispelled the said statements and reiterated his plans after April 9th, his scheduled 66th career fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
“Wala akong sinabing ganun,” Pacquiao said about his previous statement. “Wala namang nag-interview sa’ kin tungkol diyan. Pagkatapos ng laban ko sa April 9, magreretiro na ako sa boxing.”
“My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last. I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” Pacquiao said, referring to his intentions on becoming a full-time public servant.
Pacquiao, a congressman of the Sarangani Province in Mindanao, is running for a higher seat as Senator in the May 2016 Philippine Elections.