Aquino: No more rematch, let Pacquiao retire
President Benigno Aquino III is not among those who believe Manny Pacquiao should secure a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
While Mayweather-Pacquiao II is expected to be the most lucrative option for the two boxing superstars, Aquino believes it’s time for the Filipino to hang ’em up.
The President, who is not known as a fan of boxing or other contact sports, believes people pushing for a rematch should instead think of Pacquiao’s well-being.
“It seems that we’re showing no gratitude to the man by prodding him to go for a rematch and risk his health once more, “ Aquino said in Filipino in a pre-recorded radio interview a transcript of which was released Thursday.
With all the honor Pacquiao has given to the country through boxing, the President said Filipinos should instead tell him: “Manny, you have done enough. You shouldn’t risk your health anymore.”
“Perhaps it’s time that we help you take care of your health for your own future and for your beloved wife and children,” Aquino added.
The President made the appeal Wednesday more than an hour before he welcomed Pacquiao in Malacañang.
Aquino cited the case of Muhammad Ali, dubbed The Greatest, who has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since the 80s. But reports had not been conclusive on whether it was the result of the many blows he had received during his boxing career.
Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion and highly regarded for his fan-friendly, all-action style, lost to the defensive-minded Mayweather via decision.
But Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, nonetheless returned as a triumphant hero to adoring fans who believe he was the rightful winner.
At 36, Pacquiao admitted in several interviews that retirement was near. He reinjured his right shoulder while sparring for Mayweather and it required surgery after the bout billed by many as the “Fight of the Century.”
The fight turned out to be a dud especially to casual fans, largely because of Mayweather’s refusal to exchange with the aggressive Filipino. CC