Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines (AHN) – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquio’s March 14 bout with Joshua Clottey of Ghana possibly could be his last fight. Pacquiao said Monday upon arrival in Manila to a hero’s welcome he is considering retiring to give in to the request of his mother for him to retire from the ring.
Pacquiao’s mother – Dionesia, fondly called “Mommy D” by Filipinos – said she would be willing to kneel before her son – who holds seven boxing titles – to beg him to quit the gory sport. She said Manny had enough physical punishment. Dionesia has been calling on her champion son to leave boxing since his boxing match with Miguel Cotto in November, but Manny did not heed her call.
The statement by Dionesia that she was willing to humble herself just for Manny to hang up his boxing gloves made the Filipino boxing champion – now considered one of the world’s greatest boxers – consider his mother’s plea. He made the announcement after hearing thanksgiving mass at Quiapo church.
If Pacquiao would retire, it will end hopes of a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao stressed he does not need to fight Mayweather to boost his boxing career – a hint that Dionesia’s call may finally be heeded.
Dionesia is supported in her call by Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee. The two important women in Pacquiao’s life said they will call on boxing promoter Bob Arum and Pacqiao’s trainer Freddie Roach to convince Manny to quit.
Prize money definitely is no longer the attraction for Pacquiao, who has millions in his account, thriving businesses, mansions in the Philippines and the U.S., and even a showbiz career as a sports magazine TV host and a comedian in a sitcom over GMA network. Pacquiao is also running in the May 10 election for congressman in the province of Sarangani.