Like Roach, Arum doubtful Pacquiao will retire after April 9th
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 21, 2016 03:36 PM
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Top Rank chief Bob Arum apparently sides with Freddie Roach in the belief that April 9th will not be Manny Pacquiao’s last fight.
Roach spoke early this month about his thoughts on the Filipino boxing icon’s retirement plans after the upcoming rubber match against Timothy Bradley. The 55-year old trainer simply says that he does not think Paquiao would be calling it quits after the said fight.
“I don’t think this will be the last fight, no,” Roach said in an interview.
The 83-year old Arum agrees with Roach, as he also believes it is not yet the end of the eight-division champion’s career.
“Brandon Rios retired after his last fight (with Bradley), and unretired half an hour later,” Arum said. “Some of these fighters, they retire when they have one wife, and when they get another one, they un-retire.”
“Maybe he will retire, but I’m not gonna lose sleep on it,” he added.
The rubber match between Pacquiao and Bradley will be for the latter’s WBO welterweight title, and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.