Manny Pacquiaoâ€™s upcoming fight against Brandon Rios will answer a lot of questions. Was the Filipino starâ€™s recent knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez a fluke? Is he still one of the best fighters in the world? Does he stand a chance in a prospective bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.? These are all things that people have opined about over the past year. On Nov. 23, we should get a definitive idea of where we stand in regards to all of them.
That being said, the most pressing question in front of us as we head into Pacquiao-Rios is: What happens after it? If weâ€™re being honest, this is a largely worthless bout.
If Rios wins, he wonâ€™t get any credit for it. People will just dismiss the victory as one that came against a guy at the end of his career. If Pacquiao wins, similarly, folks will disregard it nothing more than a throwaway victory over a one-dimensional fighter coming off a loss. Thatâ€™s why, despite the fact that the match hasnâ€™t actually happened yet, people are already looking at what will happen once itâ€™s over.
Or, more specifically, people want to know whether this is Pacquiaoâ€™s last fight.
According to Freddie Roach, it very well could be. Speaking to the media this week, the Filipino starâ€™s longtime trainer admitted that if the fight "does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement." That shouldnâ€™t be a shocking statement, seeing as if Pacquiao loses heâ€™ll have lost three in a row, but it still is. Itâ€™s basically an admission of doubt. Roach may not think that Pacquiao is done, but heâ€™s not ruling it out either.
"It's really hard to say until we see the fight, but I will be the first one to tell him to retire," he added. "We have an agreement that as soon as I tell him that, he will retire."
How true is that? Weâ€™ll all find out together in a week.