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God told me to retire—Pacquiao


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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  • Iggy Ramirez

    “God (money) told me to resign.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

    bakit pag nagsalita ang isang tao tungkol sa close relationship nya kay Lord, sasabihin ng iba ay sira ulo ang tao na yon? mukhang wala kayong personal relationship kay Lord kaya di nyo naiintindihan ang sinasabi ng tao na yon. imbes na tawagin nyo syang nababaliw, look into yourself na lang and maybe you’ll see on what you’re missing out that the other person is enjoying with his or her relationship with the Lord.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LWXDMZBYPCZJK7PEQEG5UHEFB4 Ace Grave

      tama…pag sinabi naman ni pacman na atheist sya, ano kayang katakot takot na panlalait abotin nya…kawawang pacman, kahit saang side sya meron pa ring side comment na matanggap…haha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    e si mommie dionesia ba hindi pa pinag reretire ng mangkukulam sa pag co concert at pag ba ballroom dancing ? nakakasuka na sya e . pweee….

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

       why flavio, fino-force ka ba nya panoorin? eh di wag mo panoorin?!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    That’s Pacquiao subconscious telling him to quit boxing.  He doesn’t have it in him anymore.  It’s hard to be doing three fulltime job.  Is he a fulltime senator, part time movie personality and part time boxer?  One of them is bound to suffer.  

  • f35

    I hope this “vision” would not in any way affect his upcoming fight with Bradley this coming May.

  • http://twitter.com/chly2rees Chly Torres

    i did not know manny pacquiao is a coocoo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

    Is it a grandiose dream to be out of vices and to serve God? There is no delusion in what Pacquiao experienced. Talking about delusions of grandeur… the dreams of Pacquiao that have been fulfilled have been more than grand while majority of people still wallow in perpetual delusions of grandeur. So never say that Pacquiao has delusions of grandeur for his delusions of grandeur have already become reality beyond his wildest dreams. But those who say that Pacquiao has delusions of grandeur are the ones suffering from it.

  • Beguine

    Could Manny Pacquiao be dreaming of being anointed
    by God?

    Next thing we know he might set up his own church and religious

    For sure, he will become even richer after he’s got his own
    cult following.

    On the other hand, he knows he will lose in his next bid
    to defend his boxing crown, and even now already thinking
    of retiring from boxing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LWXDMZBYPCZJK7PEQEG5UHEFB4 Ace Grave

      Masama yata loob mo pare ah…dapat maging galak tayo kc may isang tao na gus2 uli bumalik ang loob kay God…porke gus2 mag served kay God, anointed na?at mukhang bitter ka naman,..we must exert an effort to find God..kc pag anointed, c God na ung nag find sau, at hindi dapat ganun ang mangyari..kc tau dapat ang humanap sa kanya…

  • bisayagid

    Antayin nyo na lang ang susunod na kabanata………………

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LWXDMZBYPCZJK7PEQEG5UHEFB4 Ace Grave

      gus2 mo pa reserved ka na rin sa line up..# senator ka…haha..lossserrr din 2…

  • pikloy

    What ever Manny wants Manny gets..pinaquiiao ng lahat ang gusto niya, Now he wants to be a SAINT dapat nga maretiro na ga siya . I hope he is not brain damage pa..

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