Analyst: Pacquiao has nothing left to prove
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is treated in his corner between rounds of his title fight against undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 13, 2014. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters.
MANILA, Philippines – After an impressive performance against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. in their welterweight rematch, Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has nothing more to prove in his sport.
Boxing analyst Atty. Ed Toletino said on Monday that while Pacquiao can retire – as requested by the boxer’s wife, Jinkee – the decision will be ultimately up to the “Pacman.”
“It is for Manny Pacquiao to say,” Tolentino said when asked if Pacquiao should hang up his gloves. “But I do believe that he has nothing more to accomplish.”
With his victory against Bradley, Pacquiao avenged his controversial June 2012 loss to the American and regained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title. He has already won titles in eight different weight divisions, and was once the pound-for-pound king of the sport.
Moreover, Pacquiao has proven that he has moved past the brutal knockout that he suffered at the hands of Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
“Many thought his career was over after niyang ma-knock out. Bibihira ang boksingero na nakaka-recover sa sinapit niyang knockout loss kay Juan Manuel Marquez,” Tolentino said. “So magandang transition ito para kay Manny Pacquiao.”
But Tolentino also pointed out that not only does Pacquiao have nothing more left to accomplish, the Filipino icon is also running out of potential opponents.
Few want to see a third installment of the Pacquiao-Bradley saga, the analyst said. “No more. It’s immaterial,” Tolentino said of a Pacquiao-Bradley trilogy. “He (Pacquiao) beat him the first time out, only lost due to controversy.”
“The second fight was a lopsided decision. There’s no need for a third fight,” he stressed.
A fifth fight against Marquez remains in play, but Tolentino said the Mexican “Dinamita” will have to first survive Mike Alvarado in May.
Moreover, Marquez did not look too good in his loss to Bradley last October, and will be 41 by the time he gets to fight Pacquiao again.
“Baka ‘yung dinamita ni Marquez ay kwitis na lamang,” Tolentino quipped. “Maaring hindi na marketable ‘yung ika-limang laban between Pacquiao and Marquez.”
The most attractive option, of course, is a bout against unbeaten champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., although it is unlikely to ever happen considering the friction between the two camps.
“If Floyd Mayweather no longer wants to fight, then I say so be it, (Pacquiao should) retire, enjoy your legacy,” Tolentino advised.