Forget Marquez and Mayweather, says former world heavyweight champ
MANILA – Legendary boxer George Foreman has a piece of advice for Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao: Go for one last world title and then retire.
Foreman, who was once considered the most fearsome heavyweight boxer in the world, said Pacquiao should stop chasing the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and focus on cementing his legacy instead.
“I think he should just go back and forget about all of his past opponents forget about all of his let downs, and go back and decide, ‘look I want to be the champion of the world again,’ without any name or any opponent or preconception of any opponent,” Foreman said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
A title win, he said, will be a perfect ending for Pacquiao’s storied career.
“Go back and win the title, because his legacy will not be decided on a name of his opponent, but on his accomplishment. Forget about everybody and get that title. Make your friends and family proud and walk away from the sport,” saiad Foreman.
He said a fighter like Pacquiao will have no problem getting back in the ring, even after a devastating knockout loss.
Foreman himself suffered a humiliating defeat when he fought and lost to Muhammad Ali in 1974.
“The one thing about it is, if you get defeated, especially by a knock-out, it’s a physical thing that happens to you, not a whole lot of psychological disadvantages but physically you’ve got to heal inside,” he said.
“Pacquiao is well trained, he is always in good condition, so the healing process is sped because of that.”