Senator Manny Pacquiao will announce next month his political plans, or whether he will run for president or not in next year’s elections.
“I will make (an) announcement next month, am facing bigger problem, more difficult work than boxing. You know I want to help the people,” Pacquiao said after losing a world title bout to Yordenis Ugas of Cuba in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Pacquiao has reportedly been eyeing the top post of the land in 2022, but he was ousted as president of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan in July.
Pacquiao failed to show his old forms when he lost to Ugas of Cuba by a unanimous decision in the battle for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super world welterweight title at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas on Sunday.
“His old moves never came back, of course he’s getting older,” boxing promoter and manager Brico Santig of Highland Promotions.
For referee-judge Silvestre Abainza, it is time for Pacquiao to retire, saying the boxer-turned senator has brought so much honor for the country.
“It’s really time to retire. He is old. Eighth division world champion even maybe 100 years unmatched by Manny Pacquiao,” Abainza said. “Manny Pacquiao is just one. It’s time to concentrate on politics.”
Pacquiao’s defeat was his 8th in 72 fights with 62 wins, including 39 knockouts.
Ugas, a late replacement for Pacquiao’s original undefeated opponent Errol Spence Jr. who suffered a retinal tear in his left eye, improved his ring record to 27 wins against four defeats and retain the WBA crown.