Will Pacquiao REALLY Retire?



Will Pacquiao REALLY Retire?

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?

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.