Saying Goodbye or Not, Manny Pacquiao Made Stellar Mark in Boxing History
He may or he may not. Is Manny Pacquiao, the all time favorite boxer in history, finally saying goodbye to boxing?
During the Pacquiao and Bradley trilogy fight that made headlines around the world at the MGM Gym, the Filipino fighter one again has proven his prowess and dominance in the ring. He won the welterweight fight by unanimous decision from the judges who scored the match 116-110.
Many speculated his career is winding down. But boxing analysts and fans were blown away when he knocked Bradley two times in a bout, one in the seventh and one in the ninth round. This proves the killing left hand is still there and his speed is still astounding.
Is Retirement Decision ‘Real’?
“As of now I am retired.” This was the parting line of ‘Pacman’ Manny Pacquiao during an interview with ESPN. But is he serious about it?
The humble fighter of the century stressed the importance of his family and serving the Filipino people. Thus, retirement is the best option.
“I am going to go home and think about it, but I want to be with my family. I want to serve the people.” – Pacquiao
But when asked about another big fight with Floyd Wayweather Jr.? He simply said:
“I have a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this, and we don’t know,” Pacquiao told ringside reporters.
But an intriguing statement stirred the possibility of not retiring at all.
“If you ask me about if I’m coming back, maybe I enjoy being retired and serving and helping the people.” – Pacquiao
See? These comments, while clearly saying that he is retiring, also imply he’ll be continuing to think about whether to stay retired.
A Filipino Perspective
Manny Pacquiao is the epitome of hope among Filipino people. Manny’s journey to greatness in the boxing arena is legendary that made him rich and famous. His story of rags to riches has captivated the attention of millions of people around the world. In the Philippines, he is a hero, whether he wins or loses.
Many admired Manny’s humility, his love of family and Christianity. Defeat made him strong and fierce. Victory made him even more human and humble. All these, made him a hero in the Philippines and the all-time fave boxer in history.
Manny is never intimidated by anybody. This is a true Filipino trait. Filipinos are ‘fighters’ amid tribulations and resilient amid crisis. When knocked down, Filipinos rise again and make history.
Filipinos love Manny. That’s an understatement. When he fights, the streets are empty, there is no traffic, and no recorded crime for a day. Amazing, right? Filipinos expressed support for Manny by cheering for him in a basketball arena or even through support in social media.
That is how Filipinos love Manny. This is how we love Manny in a Filipino way. Whether Manny will be retiring soon or may decide to fight for more like ‘Money’ Floyd Mayweather Jr., how the pound for pound king loves his family, country and God makes him great in boxing and history as well, no question about it.