JINKEE WANTS MANNY TO QUIT BOXING
IF Jinkee Pacquiao will have her way, her husband Manny Pacquiao is only up for one more fight after Adrien Broner before hanging up his boxing gloves for good.
Pacquiao briefly retired in April 2016 after fighting Timothy Bradley for the third time but returned to the boxing ring against Jessie Vargas just seven months later.
“Sometimes we talk about retiring because boxing is a tough job for the both of us,” said Jinkee Pacquiao in an episode on Showtime Sports’ All Access: Pacquiao vs. Broner as posted on boxingscene.com. “If he wins, maybe [this] year one fight and then that’s it. I pray for that.”
Pacquiao turned 40 last month but he is coming off an impressive showing in his previous fight six months ago when he stopped Argentine strongman Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round—his first knockout since 2009—to win the WBA (regular) welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The eight-division champion, however, doesn’t appear to be leaning towards walking away at this point especially with a title bout against Broner happening a week from now.
“When that time comes, I will know that,” Pacquiao said. “But right now, I listen to my body, not to my mind. And also, I’m enjoying it. I don’t feel like 40 years old.”
Pacquiao will put his WBA welterweight title on the line against Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Sunday, January 20 (PH time).