In the aftermath of his defeat against Yordenis Ugas on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao refused to call it quits on an illustrious career.
The Hall of Fame fighter, now 42, returned to the ring for the first time in two years, but he lacked the zing of his younger self, losing a unanimous decision.
Pacquiao, who is currently a senator in his home country of the Philippines, is anticipated to run for president next year, bringing an end to a remarkable boxing career.
When asked about putting his gloves away after the fight on Saturday night, he said: “I’m not sure. Allow me to rest, relax, and decide whether or not to continue fighting.”
“I will make a final announcement next month,” Pacquiao said about running for President of the Philippines.
“I know that I am facing a difficult problem in a more difficult world than boxing. But I want to help the people.”
Pacquiao failed to claim the WBA welterweight championship from Ugas in the 72nd fight of a career that began in 1995.
He was set to face Errol Spence Jr but an eye injury to the IBF and WBC champion meant Ugas came in as a replacement opponent.
“I had a hard time in the ring,” he admitted. “I made adjustments to his body style.
“It was a problem for me because I didn’t make those adjustments right away.
“My legs were so tight. It was hard to move.”
Pacquiao is the only boxer to have won the world title in four decades.
He is the only male world champion who has ever competed in all eight divisions.
When he defeated Oscar De La Hoya, his career took off like a rocket. In addition, he has notable victories over Erik Morales and Ricky Hatton.
Juan Manuel Marquez’s four-fight rivalry with him was legendary. Pacquiao has lost eight times, including the costliest fight in history against Floyd Mayweather, yet he has always come back to win.
His political ambitions may now determine whether he is seen inside a boxing ring for the last time.
Source: MSN Sports