God told me to retire—Pacquiao

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MANNY PACQUIAO: Retiring soon AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that he had been told by God in a dream to retire soon, potentially raising doubt over hopes of a fight with American Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, told radio station DZMM in an interview also broadcast over the channel’s Teleradyo TV show, that he had decided to give up all his vices after the dream.

“I will not stay long in boxing because He said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful,'” said a serious-looking Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in as many weight divisions.

Pacquiao, 33, said he had the dream earlier this year but declined to reveal how many more fights he would contest before stepping down.

But when asked if his newfound religious fervor would hurt his boxing, Pacquiao replied: “I will do my work inside the ring.”

The boxer, who has translated his sports fame into huge riches, a show-biz career and election to congress, said he believed he had been chosen by God to use his fame to spread the Christian message.

“When I speak, a lot of people listen,” he said.

He said he would make a major announcement on a religious note later this month.

Pacquiao, who has a 54-3 win-loss record with two draws, stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9.

Mayweather and Pacquiao have never had a fight and boxing fans have long sought a matchup. The pair were in negotiations for a mega-fight to be held later this year but talks fell through.

Formerly a heavy gambler who was fond of late-night parties, Pacquiao announced in January that he had become a changed man after his religious vision.

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  • 1pinchecocho

    Bunch of crap! Just trying to hype up this cheap worthless fight!  Mayweather vs Cotto and Pacquiao vs Bradley are both garbage fights! The outcome is just a formality. Not wasting anymore money on these stupid fights!

  • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

    Manny, you misheard. God did not say retire, He said, retard. “Manny, you retard.” not “Manny, you retire.” Pati ang Dyos naiinis na sainyo ni Mayweather. maglaban na daw kayo at nang mapawi naman boredom nya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGC2JDPC5ZP4LM22LLX4KTLPVA red

    cruel mo talaga..hehe..ibigay sayo yaman..tapos punta na siya heaven ganun ba?

  • cruel168

    Walang mayaman na mapupunta sa langit…dadaan ka sa butas ng karayom bago mapunta duon. Kaya ipamigay mo muna yaman mo manny, kung gusto mo mapunta sa langit. At walang humawak sa banga na hindi naulingan. Itigil mo na rin ang ambisyon mo sa pulitika, Mangaral ka nalang. PAG NAGAWA MO ITO MANNY MANINIWALA KAMI SAYO SA MGA PINAPAKITA MONG KA IPOKRITAHAN…

  • http://twitter.com/kalboski kalboski

    Lets hope Manny does not suffer ongoing brain damage from his boxing.  It is not really a profession that prepares one for more intellectual pursuits later in life.

  • nadine_12

    If Manny is aiming for a higher and tougher position, then I guess he should go get a degree that will help him in delivering his responsibilities. Hindi naman sa “baitan at values” lang ang pamamalakad. Meron din sinasabi na critical thinking, psychological preparedness at detachment from the church( meaning the head is separated from the church)

  • akimaxx

    With huge riches, it is impossible to see God. Manny TKOed his vices and gambling, and that’s the fruit of a changed man. Pacquiao family, especially Jinkee is the happiest person now because love binds them together. God has a plan for Manny, a leader that can serve without corruption which is the ‘cancer’ of our government system. A people’s leader who acquired wealth from his God’s given talent is  better than leaders who want to get rich by manipulating people’s money.

  • rnoldrmada

    I think his mind was already there during his last bout. It seemd like he just was not there mentally. I believe he is making the right decision…stepping out while he’s on top. Although he will be missed by a whole of people it’s time for him to see what’s beyond the horizon. There is so much he could do with his stature and wealth in helping the less fortunate.
     

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