Manny Pacquiao made a pretty clear declaration of his future in boxing after defeating Timothy Bradley Saturday night.
“I’m going to retire,” the 37-year-old Pacquiao, who sports a career record of 58–6–2, said after the fight. He knocked Bradley down in the fifth and seventh rounds and earned a unanimous 116–110 decision win in Saturday’s welterweight fight.
Although the list of fighters who’ve changed their minds regarding retirement is long, Pacquiao’s hanging-up-of-the-gloves’ announcement combined with the 39-year-old Floyd Mayweather’s retirement talk leaves the chances of a much-anticipated rematch between the two as being slim, at best.
The first, and only bout, was nearly a year ago and generated some $600 million in revenue—far and away the most lucrative boxing match ever. Although the fight itself was a dud (partly due to Pacquiao’s injury) a rematch would certainly generate a significant amount of interest, should both fighters be healthy.
Boxing retirements are a fickle thing.
And our columnist doesn’t believe Manny Pacquiao has fought his last fight: https://t.co/mNwzRMKInw
— ESPN (@espn) April 11, 2016