Manny Pacquiao's Next Move


It is a debate that is going to run and run and the question is: should Manny Pacquiao retire from boxing after his sensational knockout at the (right) hand of Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday evening in Las Vegas?

The fighter is approaching the age of 34 and, given his position as a Congressman in his home country, he has plenty to keep him occupied. He has been a professional fighter since 1995. Perhaps it is time just to hang up those gloves that have made him revered around the world and adored in his homeland.

His mother Dionisia believes that the time has come.

“I have long asked you son, it is time to retire because you started boxing at such a young age. I always pray that he will stop. I asked God to tell my son to stop,” she said.

His wife Jinkee, who was understandably emotional at seeing her husband knocked out, is also open to the idea he could retire.

"No comment,” she said as she arrived back in Manila. "If our family will be asked, we don't want him to fight any more."

The signals coming from fighter’s camp, however, suggest that he is not prepared to step down just yet.

In fact, his trainer is talking of a September return.

“I got to talk with Manny and we had a great conversation on what’s going to happen next and right now how he feels and we haven’t completely decided but we have a good idea,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer.

“We are going to talk to (Top Rank head) Bob (Arum). Me, Manny and (adviser) Michael (Koncz) and me and Bob will sit down for the next decision. In my opinion, I believe he should get some rest. Don’t rush it.”

Ricky Hatton, an English boxer who has just retired, feels that it is time to end.

"The only advice I could give Manny Pacquiao is that his legacy is already secured," said Hatton. "The thing is with us fighters is that there is always one more fight. What's he going to achieve by having one more fight? Probably nothing. He's an eight-weight world champion. There's nothing more to be said.”

Another factor is that after the knockout, the fight that everyone wanted to see, a first ever contest with Floyd Mayweather looks more distant than ever.

The two were at the top of their profession for years but were never able to agree a fight. Pacquiao accused the American of running away from the fight. A prison term for Mayweather also complicated things. With the “Pacman” just defeated, the fight becomes a little less important.

That didn’t stop Mayweather giving his opinion about Pacquiao’s fight and also getting a little dig in.

"In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft," Mayweather said. "You have to really, really dedicate yourself to your craft. I think he's got so many different things on the outside that he worries about.

"But it was a good thing that he was able to come into the sport, you know, piggyback off my name, and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living. That's a great thing.”

In the end, it will depend on the man himself and he said this week that there will be more fights.

Still, speculation is certain to continue until the next fight is confirmed, or he announces his retirement.

J Sola
February 5, 2013 at 23:03

You people are piss because Juan Manuel didn't let the fight go the distance so the judge could rob him again ?.

J Sola
February 5, 2013 at 22:57

The Problem with that fight is if Mayweather beat his ass you people will start talking crap about mayweather waiting for pacman getting old he is in a no win position ?.

January 19, 2013 at 20:06

mayweather has been running so long now from manny its so boring waiting for him to brand manny a cheat which manny is not!

January 19, 2013 at 20:04

manny dosnt need to retire nor does mayweather the time mayweather takes to fight a next opponent shows how scared mayweather is off putting his unbeaten record to a loss!
legends ray robinson or chavez senior fought over 100 fights each near the same weights! mayweather is just hype and sits and waits years for his next fight!
2020 might be the next time mayweather fights anyone.

January 19, 2013 at 19:58

let the mayweather fight with manny be done mayweather has been running from him now he has a chance, then he can decide! as mayweather nearly went down to cotto so mayweather cant say the fight has no base due to manny's loss to marquez, mayweather dirty shot to ortiz dosnt make him look as an unbeaten fighter and cotto nearly ended mayweather!
family members should not tell fighters when its time to stop, fighters make the decision as Julio Cesar chavez sn did!

January 4, 2013 at 00:59

since years , marquez is ominate pacquiao and the tory ans gave it to manny, remember during third fight campaing
at manilla, marquez wear t-shirt wroting there #MARQUEZ WIN PACQUIAO TWICE# ISNT  IT

Rudy Tiongco
December 30, 2012 at 16:30

Marquez got beat up for 5 3/4 rounds before that clean LUCKY PUNCH,everybody knows it.

December 27, 2012 at 05:36

Manny Pacquiao will be back stronger and smarter than ever before…in fact, he was dominating Marquez by the end of the 6th round when Marquez made that 'unexpected right straight'  on the last second of the round which, by the way, shows Marquez stepping again on Manny's right foot just like what he did in their 3rd fight…so that wasn't really what I would call a 'clean shot'!  

December 26, 2012 at 11:32

Let me address your points 
1. Jinkee and Dionesia are his family and as family they know how his health is affected would you really want to see your loved one suffer and end up like Ali? You as a spectator expect that your opinion on a fighter hold more sway than the boxers own loved ones. I would take her opinion over yours as she would be the one looking agfter manny if he ever did get long term health issues not you
2 Ricky is a boxer who also suffered a KO and knows what a defeat does to you why shouldn't he give his opinion? It has more value than yours unless of course you are a ex boxer? Manny also took damage and is also a limited fighter in that he only knows how to lunge forward and attack which is why he could never best Marquez and why he suffered the KO
3 Manny did piggy back off Floyd's name as that's all he ever talked about how made such and such an offer they dangled that fight in front of the fans and made it as if Floyd and manny were equals so he was right. Manny won "8" titles 2 at catch weights one of which he didn't even bother to make weight for (coming in as a welter weight in a Super welter weight match) which is against the rules he won two Ring magazine belts which don't count as they are not sanctioning weight divisions and you want to talk about how Pacquaio "didn't " duck anyone? The guy ducked the entire bantamweights ducked Juan DEiaz in the light weights several times in fact didn't fight De guzman actually ducked the entire light weight division ducked the heck out of Zahir Raheem ducked Shane Mosley when he was the WBA champion ducked Floyd (yes he did over drug testing even after Floyd agreed to his demands and offered 14 days cut off) He is undefeated and someone who is sour won't change that Castillo did not beat him and only someone who has a low attention span would claim other wise Floyd fought a close match with castillo with ONE ARM and then defeated him no question in the rematch if castillo was so good against Floyd why didn't he beat Floyd in the rematch and why haven't you brought that up? the answer you are sour graping and need anything to place pacquaio higher than Floyd which cannot happen
4 Its not one of the best perhaps to casual fans I'll take Alis rivalries (pick any) over this one marquez was robbed 2 times at least the guy got his just desserts in this one but the match goes the same way its just this time Marquez wanted to put the finisher rather than let corrupt judges rob him however you are entitled to your opinion Marquez would be hungry for the money and since he won he has more leverage for a bigger slice Pacquaio won't be smart they fought 4 times every time he does the same thing people in boxing all over the world say the same thing Manny does the same thing its just casual fans don't see it 

December 25, 2012 at 07:09

mayweather is a goof and is trying to spark the fight again which i would still love to see

December 20, 2012 at 14:59

1. Jinkee and his mother have no idea what it's like to fight, only to watch him. They fear too much for his safety. Getting knocked out with one punch is far, FAR better than taking lots of damage in fights and he has barely taken any in his entire career. They are being selfish. How can they expect a man who's won world titles in 8 weight divisions to end on THAT note? Jinkee knew exactly what she was getting into when she married the guy. He's been a fighter for most of his life, and she should respect it as his ability is clearly still there; he just got caught once by a damn good shot that he should have avoided.

2. Ricky Hatton shouldn't be giving life advice when he's been doing drugs, ballooning in weight between fights with booze and junk food his entire career etc. He certainly shouldn't be giving Pacquiao advice as if they were at the same level. Hatton was a much more limited fighter and took a hell of a lot more punishment than Pacquiao's done, even when he won fights.

3. Floyd Mayweather should have just left it at his first comment. He's an amazing fighter, but he shouldn't dare say Manny Pacquiao has made his name off the back of the Mayweather brand. Manny won world titles in 8 weight divisions, something Mayweather hasn't done. He hasn't ducked anyone, unlike Floyd… Floyd needs to learn to hold his tongue, and I pray for the day somebody knocks some sense into him. He's not even undefeated. Jose Luis Castillo beat him in their first fight by a margin and was blatantly robbed.

4. Marquez had a damn good fight. I'd love to see a fifth, as it's one of the best rivalries in the history of sport and every fight is insane. I'm sure Pacquiao would come back smarter after a warm-up fight and Marquez would still be hungry enough to even the score: 2-1-1 Pacquiao for now.

December 20, 2012 at 07:47

Why not give the PACMAN a break…let him retire now, unless ofcourse you want to see him first

major lowen gil marquez
December 17, 2012 at 07:56

Manny Paquiao is already a boxing legend all over the world, whatever decessions he had it will be respected, he has showed everything and he has already everything like money, power, and loved by the people not only in his natived philippines but by the world… If He fight again then it is good, and if not, it is good also…. God bless you Manny Paquiao and the Pilipino People, The Western Philipine Sea Island…

December 15, 2012 at 12:26

Mayweather is mouthing off again …. it's time to throw these two in the ring and get it over with.

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