Manny Pacquiao, a current congressman in the Philippines, will be looking for a Senate seat in 2016 and has decided to hang up his gloves after one more fight. Unlike Mayweather’s announcement, which seems to be a marketing strategy, this one is most likely true.
One of the best boxers of the past 15 years, the Pacman will be always remembered for his action-packed fights against several Mexican boxers, such as Juan Manuel Márquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Érik “El Terrible” Morales.
It’s still unclear who will be his last opponent. A rematch against Mayweather? Many were very disappointed how that went last June. And what about Juan Manuel Márquez? The Mexican refuses to even negotiate a possible fifth fight, as he says his beef with Pacquiao was settled when he knocked him out in May 2012.
But a legendary fighter like Pacquiao must leave the world of boxing with a huge and nail-biting fight. So perhaps the only possible names (other than Márquez and Mayweather) who could provide this right now would be Keith “One Time” Thurman and Amir Khan. Englishman Khan seems like a more feasible possibility, as he has a huge fan base and would bring more money, but Thurman would make a better fight and deserves it more.
The Filipino warrior is the first and only eight-division world champion, has won 10 world titles, and currently has a record of 57 wins, six losses, and two draws – stats that will be hard for anyone to surpass.
Whatever the result of his last fight is, his stunning legacy will remain untouched.