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Will Pacquiao REALLY Retire?

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By Michael Woods

Yeah, I don’t believe it. Not calling anyone a liar, but I’m dubious that Manny Pacquiao never gloves up again after April 9.

Most of you all seem to agree with me…

I asked MP promoter Bob Arum if he really, truly thinks Manny is in one and done mode on Thursday at MSG. “We talked about this being his last fight. Unlike other fighters who leave the sport reluctantly, Manny leaves and goes to a bigger stage, probably. It’s not like it’s a step down, as with most guys,” the 84 year old Brooklyn native told NYFIGHTS. “There’s the poem about the athlete dying…they all do, in retiring. I don’t know Manny’s future, what could happen if another Mayweather fight came up. But, he told me this is his last fight. A Senator has to work full time, he maybe wouldn’t have time to train. I’m not gonna say it’s guaranteed it’s his last fight, but he told me it’s his last fight, yes.”

Trainer Freddie Roach seems more fully convinced that this is the Pacquiao (seen above in Marilyn Paulino pic) victory lap. “We’re definitely going out with a win, Bradley can’t touch us,” Roach told NYFIGHTS. “Now that he is running for Senate, I do believe this will be his last fight.”

But what about that temptation if Floyd unretires…

“I think Manny would like to fight Floyd again, one more time, yes. Because I know he can do better,” the trainer said.

Readers, talk to me…will Pacman be one of the very few who resist the siren song of the money, acclaim, attention, and desire to prove Father Time doesn’t have his hooks in?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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