Pacquiao admits ‘the end is near’


MANILA – Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao admitted that his retirement from the sport is just around the corner and that he will become a full-time politician once he calls it quits.

The eight-division champion has been fighting for two decades now and might be hanging his gloves for good after three more fights — including the Mayweather bout on May 2.

“I can no longer stay in boxing for long. About one or two more fights,” Pacquiao told Eddie Alinea in a report on Philboxing.

Apart from Mayweather, there seem to be no more viable opponents for Pacquiao — except for another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Win or lose, the eight division champion could opt for a rematch against Mayweather or perhaps go after Marquez to avenge his 2012 knock out loss to the Mexican.

His wife Jinkee, however, prefers that Pacquiao retires immediately after the mega-fight.

“Ayaw ko namang sobra siyang nahihirapan, lalo na’t he’s not getting any younger, nagkaka-edad na tayo,” she said earlier in “Bandila.”

Pacquiao said he will concentrate on politics once he gets done in boxing.

“I will remain a public servant for as long as I can after retirement. That is one of the legacies I intend to bequeath our people,” he said.

The fighting congressman is currently on his second term as congressman for the lone district of Sarangani, while his wife is the Sarangani vice governor.

“Jinkee and I are in politics because of our common desire to serve our constituents and the Filipino people as a whole. We want to give them hope and inspiration that there is still life in the midst of poverty,” he said.

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