It was thought that Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao would have two more fights in 2019, one against Adrien Broner and the other against Floyd Mayweather and call it a day — but he’s had a change of heart at the last-minute.
Perhaps after recording his first stoppage in over nine years earlier this year against Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia Pacquiao is thinking to himself he has it in him to mix it at the top-level for another while longer.
Speaking to members of the media in LA while driving away in a car, he made a simple number three gesture to reporters out the window when asked how many more years is he going to fight for.
Three more years would likely equal six more fights in total. I don’t think anyone saw that coming at this point in time.
There had been well documented issues with the IRS tax operators in the US for Pacquiao previously but those all appear to be in the process of being cleared now as Pacquiao boxes in Vegas this January.
Recently Pacquiao’s former promoter Bob Arum, who comes from an extremely successful legal background before he ever became a boxing promoter, investor and businessman years ago — said that he was not able to solve this US tax issue for Pacquiao and was one of the reasons the pair parted company.
At the time, Arum said it would stop Pacquiao working and fighting in the US and that Pacquiao’s new adviser Al Haymon had promised he’d be able to sort the issue out.
Same old story, for those in the know in boxing, Al makes problems disappear once again it would appear.
As for new competitors in the US boxing scene like new promoter Eddie Hearn who tried very aggressively to sign many of Haymon’s fighters to his new Matchroom USA promotion no avail, as the old saying goes — don’t play with fire if you don’t want to get burned.
Or another one that springs to mind, often the loudest man in the room is the weakest one.
Beware of the quiet man who doesn’t say a lot and instead talks through his actions.