Don't Believe The Rumors-Pacquiao Confirms He's Finished After Bradley Fight

January 11, 2016

-OpeningRound Staff

Don’t believe the rumors that Manny Pacquiao will refuse to retire until he gets a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao himself just said that he would end his career after fighting Timothy Bradley for a 3rd time on April 9th in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will retire to concentrate on his political career- he is planning to run for Senate in his native Philippines in May.

“I am retiring from boxing to concentrate on my political career. My fight with Timothy Bradley will be my last,” Pacquiao said in an interview from his mansion per The National.

Pacquiao was also quick to dispute rumors that he was holding onto hope for a Mayweather rematch, and would not retire until it happened.

“I did not say anything like that. Nobody interviewed me about that. I will retire after my April 9 fight,” he said.

In the fight which happened last May 2nd, Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision to Mayweather while fighting with a torn rotator cuff.

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Currently, Pacquiao is ranked seventh in the race for 12 seats in the nationally-elected Senate. Despite receiving immense criticism for his poor attendance record as a Congressman for the southern province of Sarangani (last year, he attended just four of the 70 legislative sessions), the poll numbers do not reflect much concern over this.

“My survey rankings have been consistent and I expect it to improve once the campaign starts,” Pacquiao said.

Long term, Pacquiao could potentially run for president of the Philippines, as his long time promoter Bob Arum once predicted. The senate is a traditional springboard for future presidential candidates. In fact, three of the last Philippines’ presidents, including the incumbent Benigno Aquino, were senators before they were elected president.

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