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Sunday, February 21, 2010

End of the road for Pacquiao's boxing career?

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Mississippi Fight Sports Examiner | Brad Cooney

This is what some people are reporting. Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to fight big Joshua Clottey on March 13th, in Dallas, Texas. After that is just a guess. It's still hard to imagine that both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr would opt out of 30 to 40 million bucks to fight one another. Time will tell if that fight ever gets done.

So will the Clottey fight be Pacquiao's last? Don't bet on it. This writer recently posed that question directly to Manny last month. Pacquiao while training at Wild Card Gym, in Hollywood, took a few minutes to respond to the retirement question, "It's hard to say right now. Maybe three of four more fights." According to that response his retirement is not tomorrow, yet not too far down the road either.

It's not crazy to think that Manny may continue on with his boxing career even if he is elected to congress. Pacquiao spoke about the possibility of fighting if he wins the congressional seat, "Maybe I will keep fighting."

Pacquiao fans in Mississippi do not want him to retire. The fans that I spoke with all hope to see him fight at least 5 more years. I took another little tour around Jackson, MS and stopped at a few of the city's best sports bars. Pacquiao's fans spoke about his eventual retirement and the overwhelming consensus was clear, they don't want him to. Jansen Groves, a big Pacquiao fan spoke about it, " I don't even like thinking about the day when Manny goes. He has done so much for the sport, and more importantly for his country. There will be a big void in boxing once Manny retires."

It appears as if Manny's plan is to fight 3 to 4 more fights. Perhaps after Clottey he looks at Mayweather Jr again. If Shane Mosley defeats Floyd, perhaps Manny gives him the payday of a lifetime. Another fan friendly fight would be Manny Pacquiao vs Edwin Valero. There are still a few very interesting matches that can be made for Manny Pacquiao. Will he retire after Clottey? I wouldn't bet on that.


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