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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pacquiao's retirement decision inextricably linked to Mayweather vs. Mosley

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Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage

Manny Pacquiao's latest statements about whether or not he will be retiring soon seem to indicate several things.

Despite Bob Arum's best efforts to find viable alternatives, the only fight Pacquiao seems to be interested in now is the winner of the Mayweather vs. Mosley fight in May.

He has said several times recently that he wants to retire with his faculties in tact, which in other words means before he has many more fights.

Some are suggesting that Pacquiao is getting swept up in the idea of retirement merely as a side effect of his upcoming electoral campaign, and there might be some truth to the idea. Starting a new life as a politician would be easier without the constant media circus and time commitments that come along with being the worlds best boxer.

In this case though Pacquiao seems to be getting a little ahead of himself, given that most are fairly sure he will lose the upcoming election to the superior political pedigree of Roy Chiongbian. It might be that if he wins he will think retirement is a necessity in order to concentrate fully on his political ideals. It might also be the case that should he lose this election he will be more likely to have a few more fights rather then just possibly one more.

Manny hasn't needed the money from his fights for quite a few years, but has been boxing since childhood and doesn't really know any other lifestyle. If the canceled concert in Hawaii is anything to go by his singing isn't a viable career in the long term. Politics might be, but at the moment seem to depend on his winning the upcoming elections.

If Pacquiao were going to retire, he would surely have done it already, which would have given him a much better chance of winning the election. As it stands, many of his fight fans might assume he will quit if he does win and so vote against him. So if continuing to fight or at the very least being ambiguous about retirement hurts his political cause, he surely must want to keep fighting.

The feeling of unfinished business is surely none other than Floyd Mayweather, a man who he feels has set out to ruin his reputation and undermine his achievements in the ring. Of course if Mosley wins their showdown, then he becomes the next best thing.

Floyd's trash talking and constant insults leveled at Pacquiao have been seen as a bad thing by many fans, but in actual fact they might be the very thing keeping Pacquiao fighting right now. Beating Mayweather would be the crown jewel in Pacquiao's achievements and the welterweight division would be completely scoured of all credible challengers.

Al Jones, Pittsburgh PA: "Without the two fighting, people will always ask which was better, Pacquiao or Mayweather. I don't think Manny is willing to leave that up to chance"

Ryan Burford, Pittsburgh PA: "Bob Arum is building up Margarito as the next challenger for Pacquiao, and I'm sure he wouldn't be if he didn't know soemthing we all don't"

Colin Taggart, Greensburg PA: "If the rematch clause comes into play with the Mayweather and Mosley match, then Pacquiao will probably take another fight in between now and then anyway. All this talk of retirement is just for publicity anyway"

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