If it were all up to him, Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao would like his farewell fight to take place in the Philippines.
While the eight-division boxing king stressed that he isn’t going to retire just yet, he said he wants to pay tribute to his local fans.
“Indeed, it’s about time for me to fight before our countrymen for the unequivocal support they have been lending me in my 20 years of professional career,” Pacquiao told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
“Bago ko man lamang isabit ang aking fighting gloves ay maipakita ko ang aking pasasalamat,” added the Filipino sports icon, who is due for the biggest fight of his career this weekend.
Pacquiao will be facing off against Floyd Mayweather Jr. for boxing supremacy on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time).
Win or lose, he will be having at least two more bouts before calling it quits.
Businessman Manny Pangilinan has suggested that Pacquiao’s final bout should take place in the Philippines, possibly at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“Good idea, why not?” said Pacquiao after hearing the suggestion. “It’s been really a long time since our countrymen saw me in flesh. Sabi ko pag-usapan namin pagbalik ko.”
The last time he fought in the Philippines was when he defeated Óscar Larios via unanimous verdict in 2006 at the historic Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.