MANILA – Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao believes that he can still figure in 5 competitive fights before quitting his colorful boxing career that has spanned almost 2 decades.
But Pacquiao, who is set for a welterweight title defense in November, said he’d gladly retire right away if he gets that elusive bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“'Yun ang hinihintay ko eh,” he said in an interview with Anthony Taberna on Tapatan ni Tunying on Thursday. “’Pag mangyari ‘yun, magreretire na ko.”
During the interview, Pacquiao recounted the phone conversation he had with Mayweather in 2012 when the American made an offer to fight the 8-division champion.
He said the controversial fighter wanted all of the pay-per-view earnings, which would guarantee Mayweather $40 million.
“[‘Yung tawag n’ya] parang offer na hindi lalaban. 'Yung offer n'ya e wala ako, sa kanya lahat 'yung pay-per-view,” said Pacquiao. “Payag na sana ko kung 60-40 pero umiiwas talaga s’ya.”
This forced the Filipino boxer to consider other challengers.
On November 22 (November 23, Manila time), Pacquiao will be defending his WBO welterweight crown against another American, unbeaten fighter Chris Algieri.
The 5’10” Algieri is expected to pose a serious challenge because of his 5-inch reach advantage over Pacquiao.
But the Filipino icon said he doesn’t mind the odds since he has already fought taller guys and won.
“Hindi naman [agrabyado]... palagi namang ganun ang mga kalaban ko eh,” said Pacquiao.
He also hinted that he might go for a knockout against the 30-year-old Algieri.
“Exciting [na laban] ito. Matagal tagal na walang knockout ‘yung mga laban ko.”