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Monday, March 22, 2010

Pacquiao Weighs Mother’s Plea to Quit Before Facing Mayweather

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By Joel Guinto and Francisco Alcuaz Jr.

March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he’s considering ending his career without fighting American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Filipino, who beat Ghana’s Joshua Clottey on March 14 to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title, said on returning home today that he’ll talk to his family before making any decision.

“My mother, she said she will even kneel in front of me as long as I stop boxing,” Pacquiao told reporters in Manila after visiting President Gloria Arroyo, and before starting a motorcade around the capital. “We have to respect our parents, without them, we wouldn’t be here.”

Talks for Pacquiao and Mayweather to fight as early as this month collapsed when the two sides couldn’t agree on drug- testing procedures. Pacquiao fought Clottey instead, winning by decision after a full 12 rounds.

Pacquiao, 31, said he doesn’t need to face Mayweather to cement his legacy in the sport, where he has a 51-3-2 record with 38 knockouts.

“I probably won’t challenge him because they’re the ones who need” a fight, ABS-CBN News cited Pacquiao as saying. “I’ve attained my dream in boxing without Floyd Mayweather.”

Pacquiao won his first world title as a flyweight in 1998 and 10 years later defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the welterweight title he still holds. He lost a bid for the Philippine legislature in 2007 and is running anew in this year’s election in May.

“I want to serve my countrymen,” he said.

--Editor: Dan Baynes, Ben Richardson.

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