Manny Pacquiao Told to Retire by Fellow Boxing Legend: “It’s Not Going to Be Easy”

Published 08/30/2021, 7:19 AM EDT


Manny Pacquiao is clearly at the dusk of his career if he hasn’t already competed in his farewell fight yet. Following a shocking upset loss to Yordenis Ugas for the WBA title last week, Pacquiao has teased a potential rematch in the future. However, not everyone seems to be desiring another appearance by the Filipino Senator.

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Instead, many believe that Pacquiao should hang his gloves now, including the former super middleweight champion Andre Ward. The fellow legend has all his respect towards ‘Pac-Man’. However, he doesn’t want to see another attempt from the eight-division champion, based on the fact that he has achieved it all in the sport.

32-0 as a pro, Ward retired at a time when many wanted to see more of him in the ring. That said, he has advised a 44-year-old Manny Pacquiao to step down from the active trend of boxing.

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In a chat with ESPN, Ward said, “I’ve walked that road that hopefully Manny Pacquiao walks, so I don’t say this haphazardly. Especially for a fighter Manny Pacquiao’s stature, it’s not going to be easy for him to walk away and stay away.”

 “It’s going to be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do in his life. He’s fought 72 professional fights, and he’s fought the murderer’s row in boxing.”

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“This is going to be the hardest thing. Looking at himself in the mirror and saying, ‘I got a little bit left but not enough to compete with the best.” (H/T:- Boxing News 24)

There are more than enough reasons why Pacquiao should retire. However, several alluring matchups also reflect enough reasons for him to remain active in the ride.

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According to reports, Pacquiao can opt to run for the Presidential election in his home country, while already being the Senator. So, he has a lot to do outside the boxing ring and can look to relinquish his glittery in-ring career. He has won world titles in four different decades and is the only ever octuple champion of the sport.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

So, all these reasons are enough to justify his retirement. Nevertheless, Manny Pacquiao still has the itch to test him against the modern-era elites. He has verbally wanted to face Errol Spence Jr. and Yordenis Ugas ahead, which can arguably be his ‘last dance’. Hence, it’s hard to predict the next move of ‘Pac-Man’

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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