MANILA, Philippines – Although he's already planning to hang his gloves soon, Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao assured his retirement won't happen this year.
Pacquiao, however, said he might take it slow to give way to his duty as a “Bible ambassador.”
“I'm not gonna retire this year,” he told RingTV. “What I'm doing is to encourage people to read the Bible. They will know the truth and the truth will set them free.”
Pacquiao is due for a June 9 fight against Timothy Bradley and possibly a superbout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in late 2012.
The 8-division champion said he will start training for the Bradley fight next month.
He is expected to open camp in Baguio City before flying to Los Angeles, California for the remainder of his training.
“I think we'll start training seriously in first week of April. In May we'll be going to LA,” said Pacquiao.
“I believe it will be a good fight, there will be a lot of action in the ring,” he said of the Bradley bout.
Pacquiao said he refuses to underestimate Bradley, who remains unbeaten in 29 fights.
“He's a different fighter. He's undefeated and he can punch.”