Manny Pacquiao is about to retire

Manny Pacquiao's brief retirement

Manny Pacquiao had retired from his career in April to focus on his political career. But now the 37-year-old Filipino is boxing world champion again. Floyd Mayweather watches.

Manny Pacquiao had declared his career over in April after winning the points against the American Timothy Bradley in order to serve as a member of the Senate in his home country of the Philippines. But as it is in boxing. The fees are still quite princely, especially when the names Pacquiao and Bob Arum are involved. So it finally became a short retirement for the 37-year-old Pacquiao. In August, the promoter Arum confirmed the return of his boxer to the US sports broadcaster ESPN.

It was by no means a duel on the order of magnitude of the "fight of the century" when Pacquiao defeated the ten-year-old US welterweight Jessie Vargas on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Vargas went down in lap two, and by lap six at the latest it was obvious that Pacquiao's pace was going to be too fast for the champion. Vargas continued to fight admirably, but his resources were all too limited.

Two judges scored the comparison 118 to 109 for Pacquiao, only the third lost and scored 114 to 113. "My goal in each round was to eliminate Vargas," Pacquiao said later. But the fact remains that Pacquiaos was last against an opponent in 2009. o. struck; at that time it met Miguel Cotto from Puerto Rico in the last round.

“Boxing is my main source of income. I cannot rely on my salary as a civil servant alone. "

Ex-champion Floyd Mayweather was among the 16,000 spectators yesterday with his daughter. Pacquiao lost the title on May 2, 2015 in an unspectacular manner against the now 39-year-old. The eagerly awaited fight between the two multiple champions broke all financial records with a total turnover of around 400 million US dollars and Pacquiao alone collected 100 million dollars. This time there was a comparatively modest five million dollars for Pacquiao and 3.5 million for Vargas. Nonetheless, Pacquiao's justification for resigning last summer had been a bit adventurous in view of his fortune. “Boxing is my main source of income. I can't just rely on my salary as a civil servant, ”said Pacquiao at ESPN.

Even before the comeback against Vargas, Pacquiao had promised to meet Mayweather again in the past few months. "If the fans want it and he wants it, then I'm open to it," he said. Mayweather also resigned last year after his 49th win in the 49th fight. When he posted a video on Instagram in mid-September showing him boxing training, he said that this should not be an indication of a return as a boxing professional. With another win, the 50th, Mayweather would of course be the sole record holder. Heavyweight Rocky Marciano was also unbeaten in 49 fights.

There are also rumors about a duel between Pacquiao and the current world champion of the WBO and WBC in the light welterweight division, the American Terence Allan Crawford. His balance is: 29 fights, 29 wins, 20 duels ended prematurely. Pacquiao announced that he would now “return to the Philippines first to work in the Senate”. He wants to continue training mornings and evenings and then soon swing his fists again. In the ring.

Interview with Manny Pacquiao after the fight.