The final curtain is calling a Filipino boxing legend
The boxing world is bracing itself for another of it’s leading fighting son’s departures, as news of Manny Pacquiao’s imminent retirement has emerged.
It has been widely speculated that a fight between the Filipino great and fellow Top Rank stablemate and WBO super-lightweight champion Terence Crawford, will go down before the Filipino great finally hangs up the gloves.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Pacquiao’s promoter and long time confidant Bob Arum has said:
“Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight.”
As the saying goes, all good things come to an end and if next April is to be Pacquiao’s last hurrah in the sport of boxing, he’ll leave behind a legacy that will surely live on forever not just in boxing – but in sports history.
A man who moved up the weights like no other in boxing history, the only fighter to ever capture world titles in 8 different weight categories.
That achievement in itself speaks for itself as regardsr Pacquiao’s boxing credentials but like a lot of the greatest athletes in history, he also transcended his sport outside of his profession.
He’ll also be remembered for his kindness towards his fellow countrymen, becoming a musician outside the ring, and becoming a Congressman in his homeland.
Indeed the latter is where Pacquiao’s new direction in life seems to be taking him currently, with plenty to look forward to after retiring as a professional boxing.
Boxing fans will be looking forward to seeing him do his thing at the top level one more time, however. It is being speculated that next April 9th will be the date that Manny Pacquiao will have his final fight as a prizefighter.
(Image credit: Inquisitir.com)
The post Manny Pacquiao To Retire From Boxing In 2016 appeared first on %%Boxing News and Views/%%.