Manny Pacquiao fans can let out a sigh of relief, your superstar is officially not going anywhere for three more years.
Pacquiao, while speaking at the Philippine House of Representatives on Monday where he received the congressional medal for the second time, took a moment to speak on his future as a boxer. After being asked if a retirement was imminent, particularly after the beating he gave just a week ago to Antonio Margarito, the 32-year-old fighter had this to say:
"Not too long from now," he said. "But I don't want to go beyond 35."
Three more years of Pacquiao is bad news for current fighters -- if the lopsided decision he was able to get over Margarito on November 13 is any indication of what kind of shape he is in. As it stands now, he is the only boxer to hold eight championship belts in eight separate divisions.
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Many suspected Pacquiao’s next match-up may feature his one-time rival, Juan Manuel Marquez. However, the Filipino superstar essentially put those rumors to bed by saying that he didn’t think the public would be particularly interested in that bout.
"I think people are not so interested ... because if I were a boxing fan, I would not watch Pacquiao vs. Marquez," he said. (Pssst! Manny, there is one fight we'd pay to see.)
While accepting the congressional medal, Pacquiao described his victories as a testament to all Filipino people.
"My championship belt in the eighth weight division, the first in the history of boxing, shall forever cement the Filipino people as the eighth wonder of the world," Pacquiao said.
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Neither Top Rank nor Pacquiao have given any indication on who they would like to face off against for the champion’s next fight.