Manny Pacquiao hints he may FINALLY retire after Yordenis Ugas fight as boxing legend, 42, makes return from two-year absence… but Filipino’s manager pours cold water on plans
- Manny Pacquiao has hinted his upcoming fight may be his last in boxing
- The 42-year-old takes on Yordenis Ugas of Cuba in Las Vegas this weekend
- Pacquiao has spent recent years juggling his boxing and politics commitments
- And the Filipino has teased that he could retire after this weekend’s fight
- However, his manager has revealed that Pacquiao will fight later this year
Manny Pacquiao has admitted that his upcoming fight with Yordenis Ugas could be his last as the boxing legend teases retirement having enjoyed an illustrious career in the sport.
Pacquiao, 42, returns to action after a two-year absence to face Ugas at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with the Cuban stepping in on short notice to replace Errol Spence Jr, who pulled out with a torn retina.
The Filipino has juggled his boxing bouts with his burgeoning political career in recent years, with many expecting the superstar to make a run for presidency in the future.
Manny Pacquiao has hinted that he could retire from boxing after his fight this weekend
And Pacquiao has urged fans to watch his clash with Ugas this weekend, as it could be the last time he sets foot in the ring.
‘I’m doing my best in training, pushing my body hard, so that I’m ready to fight for the title on Saturday,’ Pacquiao told ES News via South China Morning Post.
‘Never underestimate your opponent because he can punch also. Always keep in 100 per cent condition mentally, physically and spiritually.
‘I hope you’re going to watch this fight, don’t miss it,’ Pacquiao added. ‘It’s going to be a good fight – it might be my last fight, or more, we don’t know. God knows. Thank you so much for all your support.’
The 42-year-old returns to the ring after a two-year absence to face Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas
The Filipino has urged fans to tune in as it may be the final fight of his illustrious career
However, Pacquiao’s manager, Sean Gibbons, immediately poured cold water on talk of retirement, revealing that the Filipino will look to get back in the ring before the end of the year.
‘The good thing is, it’s not over,’ Gibbons told Power and Play via South China Morning Post. ‘You don’t look past the fight, but it’s definitely not over.
‘This fight ends, this fight is over, he wins, he’s looking to get right back in that ring, October, November, before he has to move on to the next phase of his career.’
Eight-weight world champion Pacquiao had earlier revealed that he was close to agreeing terms to fight Amir Khan in Britain, and that he is still eyeing a UK fight before he calls it quits.
However, the 42-year-old’s manager says he will fight again before the end of the year