Roach may prompt Pacquiao to retire after next fight
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach admits he may ask former pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao to retire if the Filipino icon does not look good in his return fight in 2016.
Roach was in Pacquiao's corner when the "Pacman" lost by unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of the Century" last May 2. Pacquiao later revealed that he fought with an injured right shoulder, and underwent surgery a few days later to repair a torn rotator cuff.
"I didn't like how Manny looked in his last fight," Roach admitted in an interview with Boxing Scene. "I know there was injury and so forth, but I think he could have done better in that fight."
Pacquiao suffered the injury in training camp and was denied an anti-inflammatory shot before fight time. He aggravated the injury in the early rounds, and Mayweather took control of the bout soon to cruise to victory.
The Filipino boxer has been out of action since then, but his promoter, Bob Arum, has said in prior interviews that Pacquiao wants to fight again in April 2016.
Several fighters are in the mix to be Pacquiao's opponent, Arum also said, but Roach is only concerned about how his fighter will perform.
"If he doesn't look good in his next fight, I think I would tell him to retire," Roach said. "I've always told Manny that if I thought he was slowing down and the reflexes weren't there, I would tell him."
Arum himself believes that Pacquiao will fight one more time, then retire to focus on his political career.
"I believe he'll take one more fight, then run for the Senate in the Philippines," the promoter said earlier this month.
Pacquiao, however, downplayed Arum's remarks.
Pacquiao hints he has more than one fight left
GENERAL SANTOS -- Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao hinted he has several more fights left in him after his American promoter said he will likely retire next year.
Pacquiao played down remarks by promoter Bob Arum that he would fight just once more in 2016 before hanging up his gloves to run for Senate.
"I know better what is happening to my body," Pacquiao defiantly said late Saturday, reacting to Arum's statement. "Just leave it alone. Better not to react to that," he told reporters.
Arum was quoted on Thursday as saying that the 36-year-old Pacquiao wants to get on with his political career and run for the Senate.
"I believe he'll take one more fight, then run for the Senate in the Philippines," Arum said.
Pacquiao, who has won eight world championships in different weight divisions, has previously parlayed his boxing fame into a career in showbiz and election as a congressman.
However, he lost a unanimous decision to American Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas four months ago in a fight that Pacquiao fought with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Pacquiao has declined to say whether he will run for higher office in the 2016 national elections but has previously said he expects to fight again in April against an unnamed opponent.
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