Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pacquiao vs Bradley Could Be Manny's Last Bout

A news conference to promote the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley boxing match on June 9 was held today in Beverly Hills.

However, much of the interest was not about the fight, but more on two interesting concerns. First, whether boxing fans will ever see a Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather, Jr. bout and second, is Pacman retiring from boxing anytime soon.

During the media event, Top Rank's Bob Arum hinted that it looks like Mayweather is nowhere near his priorities in the near future, describing Pacquiao as a "decent" man. Meanwhile, coach Freddie Roach was more straightforward with his answer, saying that "It's nice to be fighting a fighter [referring to Bradley] who is unbeaten, and who won't worry about losing that zero in his record."

Moreover, later in the news conference, Roach commented that "Manny is a changed person." He then tells how much Pacquiao has changed in his lifestyle - that he is no longer into gambling and drinking and how he is spending more time with his family and has now become more religious.

And then Arum hints on a possible retirement for the boxing champion anytime soon, sharing "He [Pacquiao] keeps telling me he wants to fight through 2013, but I really don't know. He has changed his life so much. He is ultra-religious now."

Photo: Reed Saxon / Associated Press