Manny Pacquiao has reiterated that he will bring his storied career to an end after his fight against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9.
Pacquiao will be fighting Bradley for the third time and has a mixed record against the 32-year-old as he lost his WBO welterweight title to the American in 2012 before bouncing back to reclaim it when they met again in 2014.
The fight will be the 66th of Pacquiao’s illustrious boxing career, and he feels the time is right to bring a close to this chapther in his life.
“I’m so happy hanging up my gloves after this fight,” Pacquiao told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m sure I’ll feel sad after that, but that’s life. It’s time, I think.”
However, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has refused to promote the fight against Bradley as the 37-year-old’s last as he believes ‘Pac-Man’ will be back in action once again.
“I will not promote it as Manny’s last fight,” Arum said. “He says he’s going to retire, and maybe he will. The truth is that you never know with any boxer, but I haven’t known Manny to say things he doesn’t mean. But we all realize this could be the last time he fights.”
However, Pacquiao made it clear that his will be his last fight as he wants to focus on his political career in his native Philippines, and spend more time with his family.
“(Mayweather) retired already, so I’m going to retire also after this fight,” Pacquiao said. “I never regret. In fact, I thought I won the fight. A lot of people, my fans, believe I won the fight. … I know (it’s time to retire) because after this, I have another big responsibility in the Philippines, which is serving the people. My family wanted me to retire before I fought Mayweather. I started this boxing just to help my mother, and I’ll end my boxing career to help the country.”