Manny Pacquiao says his last fight will be in the Philippines

November 29, 2018 6:15 AM
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Manny Pacquiao talks about the possibility of fighting in the Philippines and his plans before retiring from the sport.

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will put his title on the line against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Pacquiao captured the belt after he defeated then champion Lucas Matthysse by seventh-round KO in July.

Pacquiao will turn 40 in December and the question of how much he has left in him arises. An interesting thought is the possibility of Pacquiao having a fight in his native Philippines before retiring.

“That’s my plan,” said Pacquiao. “The last fight of my career will be in the Philippines.”

Pacquiao took a brief retirement following his unanimous decision victory in a rubber match against Timothy Bradley in April 2016. He then returned to the ring a few months later and holds victories over Jesse Vargas and Matthysse. In July 2017, he lost to Jeff Horn by a controversial unanimous decision.

“I keep going because boxing is my passion,” said Pacquiao. “I feel bad when I hung up my gloves once again. I feel lonely, you know what I’m talking about?”

The future Hall of Famer says that he has about three years left in the sport.

 


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