MANILA - Three senators on Monday echoed President Rodrigo Duterte's advice to their fellow lawmaker, Manny Pacquiao, to retire from boxing after clinching his latest victory in a world title bout.
Duterte on Sunday said he wants Pacquiao to "rest on his laurels" after the fighting senator claimed the World Boxing Association welterweight belt from Argentine Lucas Matthysse.
Pacquiao is "already a legend" and has "nothing more to prove," Senator JV Ejercito said in a statement.
Angara shared the sentiment, adding that Pacquiao's family would want him to retire to preserve his health.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, told Pacquiao: "It is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding; not when they have left because nothing is worth watching. That would be both sad and tragic."
Senator Sonny Angara, for his part, said only Pacquiao can decide on his career in the ring, but noted that some great boxers have fallen prey to "fighting one time too many."
Boxing icon Muhammad Ali, he said, should no longer have fought Canadian Trevor Berbick, to whom he lost in 1983.
In the run-up to Sunday's fight, the 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be able to beat the big-punching Matthysse, who is 4 years his junior.
Pacquiao, however, sealed his victory in the seventh round by technical knockout. It was his 60th win in a 23-year career and was his first victory via stoppage since 2009. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse