Manny Pacquiao’s advisor insists boxing legend has NOT officially retired, despite his plan to run for the Philippines presidency next year
- Manny Pacquiao has hinted at retiring since his loss to Yordenis Ugas last month
- The boxing legend’s advisor Sean Gibbons believes his career may not be over
- Pacquiao insists that he must now focus on his family and his political career
- The 42-year-old has said he is running for president in next year’s elections
Manny Pacquiao’s close advisor has insisted he has not officially retired from boxing, despite the legend’s plan to run for the Philippines presidency next year.
The eight-division world champion is widely viewed as one of the greatest of all time but, since his recent defeat to Yordenis Ugas, he’s suggested his career is coming to a close – even recently saying his career in the sport ‘is already over’.
Since he was elected to the house of representatives in the Philippines back in May 2010, Pacquiao has maintained an interest in a political career and recently said he will run to become his nation’s president next year.
Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career may not be completely over, according to his close advisor
The Filipino’s most recent defeat came against Yordenis Ugas in Nevada last month
However, according to the president of Pacquiao’s promotional company and his close advisor Sean Gibbons, there has been no clear decision over his future in boxing.
Gibbons told ESPN: ‘In the coming weeks, the senator will decide how he’s going to finish his professional boxing career.
‘After the fight and recently, he’s discussed retiring [or] maybe one more [fight]. He’s just talking out loud about different situations.
‘Until you see it officially come out on his Twitter or Instagram, he isn’t retired. Once you see it on a platform like that, it’s official.
‘Anything else is just talk about what his thoughts are in the moment. It’s coming from him, but it’s hearsay.’
Pacquiao has competed in 72 professional fights since his debut in 1995, winning 62 times with eight defeats and drawing twice.
Pacquiao became a senator in his country in 2016 but is now planning a run for the presidency. He has been nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.
Pacquiao has revealed that he will be running to be president of the Philippines next year
He recently admitted on the YouTube channel Toni Talks that his career focus may now solely be outside of the ring.
He said: ‘My boxing career is already over. It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough.
‘I’m a fighter and will always be a fighter, inside and outside of the ring.
‘All my life, I haven’t backed down from any fight. Nothing is impossible if it’s ordained by God.’
The Filipino boxing legend did admit that he will always be involved in the boxing world to help and inspire the next generation of boxers in the Philippines.
He added: ‘I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.’
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