Manny Pacquiao Planning to Retire in 3 Years, Could Fight Juan Manuel Marquez

Adam Hirshfield@ahirshfieldFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20:  Boxer and congressman, Manny Pacquiao gives President Benigno Aquino III a shirt and memorabilia following his win of the WBC super welterweight crown against Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 20, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, an icon in the Philippines, won his eigth world title against Mexican Antonio Margarito last week. Pacquiao is regarded as a hero in the country and is the first boxer to be elected to the House Representatives in the Philippines.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao says that will likely retire in three years and told the Associated Press that he doesn't see himself boxing beyond the age of 35.

A world champion in eight different weight divisions and the widely regarded top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Pacquiao, who turns 32 on Dec. 17, said at a news conference in the Philippines on Monday that he would be willing to fight Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez again, but that the match probably would not be that exciting to boxing fans.

"I would not watch Pacquiao vs. Marquez," he told reporters.

Pacquiao fought to a highly controversial draw against Marquez in May of 2004, then later won a split decision over him in Las Vegas on March 15, 2008.

Without saying it, Pacquiao left open the implication that a bout against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be the next fight that all boxing fans would want to see.

There have been numerous discussions in previous years about pitting Pacquiao—whose career mark stands at 52-3-2 following his Nov. 13 beat-down of Antonio Margarito—against the 41-0 Mayweather. But the sides have yet to agree on a deal, location or date for a fight.

Pacquiao, a newly elected congressman in his home country, was speaking in the Philippine House of Representatives, where he received the nation's highest medal for the second time following his latest triumph in the ring.