The sport of boxing is about to get a bit bleaker, as another one of the best to ever compete in the "sweet sceience" is about to call it a career.
Longtime promoter, Bob Arum, has revealed that Manny Pacquiao -- who has 21 years in the business -- will retire from the sport following his final fight, which is scheduled to go down on April 9, 2016 against an opponent to be named at a later date.
"Pacman" wants to focus on politics. Check out Arum's words to ESPN:
"I'm telling you what he told me last week at dinner in New York. We talked very seriously, and he said, 'Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines, and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.' Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight."
He continued on by saying if Manny wants to do well in politics, he has to have all of his mental facilities in tact. Something that can be in danger if he stays in the sport too long.
"There are hundreds of congressmen, but if he wins the senate seat he has to be there to do the work. They do the real work in the senate in the Philippines, not just make a lot of bulls--- speeches like they do in the congress. It's a real job, and if Manny is serious about wanting to be president, these six years in the senate would be like an audition and for him to show his people that he really is a serious politician. Manny told me this would be his last fight, and I'm not sad about it, because he's going on to a political career which will require a lot of mental acuity, so you don't want him to stay in boxing too long. If he stays in boxing a little too long his mental faculties might be somewhat impaired."
Earlier this year, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweatheralos announcd his retirement following his unanimous decision vicory over Andre Berto.
Pacquiao and Mayweather finally duked it out in the center of the ring earlier in the year in a bout that failed to live up to years and years of hype and anticipation. Still, the event drew record numbers and featured the highest purses ever dished out to the headliners.
While Mayweather is busy spending his millions lavishly in retirement, Manny will be occupied trying to govern his home country.
Question is, which career will be more brutal, life as a boxer or a politician?