Manny Pacquiao has lost his last two fights, and after his last defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, Pac-Man should hang up his gloves.
But according to a report from ESPN’s Alfredo R. Berrios, Pacquio could be back in the ring for another rematch with Marquez in September.
Pacquiao has had a prolific career in boxing, and his last bout with Marquez held up to all the expectations. Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round, though, and reports have recently surfaced that Pacquiao could be showing signs of Parkinson’s disease.
As reported by Lance Madden of Forbes.com, Dr. Rustico Jimenez speculates that Pacquiao may be exhibiting signs of the disease.
Given Pacquiao’s possible health issues and his recent decline in the ring, Pac-Man should consider another bout with Marquez his final fight, win or lose. He’s fought his way to 54 career wins through eight classes, and he’ll end his career as one of the best fighters in boxing when it’s all said and done.
There won’t be anything Pacquiao will leave undone, though. He has always been committed to giving his best in the ring or out, as made evident by his Twitter account:
Pacquiao’s retirement would be a loss for the sport, but boxing will recover, and so will Pacquiao. It’s time for him to leave it all in the ring one last time and exit boxing’s spotlight with his health intact, whether he leaves with a win, loss or draw.
Pacquiao’s legacy will remain in place whether Pacquiao-Marquez V happens or not, and regardless of the outcome of his next fight, he’ll retire with a reason to be proud of what he’s accomplished.