MANILA, Philippines – Despite his devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, it is too early to call for Manny Pacquiao’s retirement, according to Hardball Sports analysts.
In the latest episode of ANC’s Hardball, Bill Velasco and his co-hosts Boyet Sison and Boom Gonzales believe that the Filipino boxing icon still has what it takes to redeem himself from his 6th-round knockout defeat.
“I don't think any boxer wants to quit until it's glaringly obvious that you have to quit,” said Velasco. “And the other thing is you would not want to go out on the first back-to-back losses of you career.”
For his part, Sison said local fans may have found it hard to swallow Pacquiao’s painful defeat, especially after seeing his rise to superstardom.
Among Pacquiao’s memorable victories were his 2nd round knockout win over Ricky Hatton, his 12th round stoppage of Miguel Cotto and his 8-round pummeling of Oscar de la Hoya.
But 2012 proved to be a bad year for Pacquiao as he suffered losses to Timothy Bradley and Marquez.
“We've got so used to him winning, winning the big fights and the way he won... usually he fights before Christmas and that momentum going to Christmas and new year is important to Filipinos we are in a high,” said Sison.
“Back-to-back losses in the same year is very big, emotionally, for us.”
Gonzales said that if Pacquiao’s decides to continue his boxing career, the Filipino champion will have to take his busy schedule in serious consideration.
He said the boxer’s political career and other commitments outside boxing have obviously affected Pacquiao’s performance in the ring.
“If he's not going to retire, which he shouldn't in a lot of people's mind including mine, how is he going to prioritize? Obviously even if he admits it or not, it has affected the way he performed in the ring and everything that he's done,” he said.