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Monday, November 24, 2014

Manny Pacquiao likely to fight four more times, retire in 2016

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao seems to have his exit strategy from the sport of boxing well planned.

Pacquiao, who turns 36 in December, will likely fight four more times and retire in 2016 in time to run for senator in the Philippines.

Pac-Man is currently a congressman in his home country and plans to run for higher office in the 2016 elections under the United Nations Alliance.

“There’s a big possibility that I will run for Senate. UNA has asked me to join its slate, and I’m grateful for that,” Pac-Man said in an interview with ABS-CBNNews.

Pacquiao has a November fight scheduled with Chris Algieri, which will mark his second fight of the year. He has fought twice a year since 2009 (except for in 2013 because he needed extra time to recover from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez). That means we should expect him to fight twice in 2015 and then probably once in 2016 before he retires to focus on running for office.

We knew Pac-Man’s career in boxing was winding down while his career in politics was emerging, so this is no surprise. It might even be a surprise that he continues to fight, but he has looked really good in his last two wins, and that’s not to mention that we all know he can use the money. Pacquiao has a large entourage he pays for, is very generous with giving money to charities and friends and family, and he has had major tax problems.

Pacquiao won his last two fights handily and we expect him to finish his career strongly; he has not slowed down.



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