As a most decorated boxer who is still at the peak of health at age 37, the idea of retiring is farfetched from Manny Pacquiao’s head.
Pacquiao’s eagerness to continue his boxing career was even bolstered by his recent victory after he defeated Jessie Vargas in a unanimous decision that eventually brought the WBO welterweight belt title back to “Pacman.”
The pound-for-pound king diffused the 27-year old American boxer with a display of speed and skill, a type of performance Pacquiao was not able to put on during his fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in 2015 due to a shoulder injury.
Mayweather was sitting at the ringside during the Pacquiao-Vargas fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5 which sparked speculations that a rematch is in the offing.
In an interview over ABS-CBN, the Filipino boxing icon said he is willing to fight Mayweather if the latter wants to come back because he still has a lot to prove in the sports he had loved, he had breathed in and lived in.
However, Mayweather, 39, said he had no plans to come out of retirement.
“Naniniwala pa rin ako sa kakayahan ko. Disiplina lang kasi ang kailangan, how you discipline yourself, and work hard,” Pacquiao told Karen Davila over ANC Headstart.
When asked about his retirement plan, the eight-division world champion who feels like he was still 25 or 28 said that “Pagka dumating na ‘yung time na tamad na ako. “Kasi once na mag-iral na ‘yung may katamaran ka na, doon na magsisimula ‘yung decline ng performance mo at ng body mo.”
Despite his overwhelming success in boxing and a promising career as a senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao refused to ‘rest on his laurels.’
Even Coach Freddie Roach was very much impressed with Pacquiao’s performance from training up to his actual fight in the ring. Roach said his protégé remained as driven as ever. His time management has enabled him to attend to his duties as a Senator while preparing for a boxing bout.