MANILA, Philippines – Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said the only time he will start pondering about retirement is when he gets tired of the sport.
Pacquiao, already a 7-division world champion, told ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo that he still has no definite plans about hanging his gloves, although he now has another career as Sarangani congressman. (Click here for related story)
“Sabi ko nga, Dyan, ‘pag dumating ‘yung time na tamad na ako, wala na akong ganang mag-training, siguro kailangan ko nang mag-decide na mag-retire na lang (Like I said, Dyan, when the time comes that I’m tired and has no desire to train, I’d have to decide to retire from boxing),” said the champ.
Pacquiao will try to win his 8th boxing crown, the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title, when he faces Mexico’s Antonio Margarito this weekend.
Once he is done with Margarito, Pacquiao said he will return to the halls of Congress to serve Sarangani province.
“Pag-katapos ng fight, kailangan focus sa pag-seserbisyo kasi ito ang pinili ko (After the fight, I need to focus on public service because that’s the life that I have chosen),” said the boxer.
When asked about a possible multi-million dollar fight against undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao said: “Sa akin, wala naman akong pakialam kung matuloy ang laban o hindi (For me, I don’t care if the fight pushes through or not)."
Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, previously worked on arranging the super fight, but Mayweather’s camp turned down the offer twice.
This was despite the pound-for-pound king’s decision to give in to most of Mayweather’s demands.
Pacquiao said he doesn’t need to fight Mayweather to prove his worth as a boxer.
“Para sa akin, ang na-achieve ko sa boxing ay masaya na ako, satisfied na ako (For me, I’ve already achieve everything in boxing. I’m happy and satisfied).”