Manny Pacquiao: Will Boxing Struggle When He Retires?

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Manny Pacquiao: Will Boxing Struggle When He Retires?
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Manny Pacquiao definitely isn't showing any signs of a letdown.

Boxing's pound-for-pound champ looked strong in both of his wins over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito last year. Pacquiao will return to the ring on May 7 when he faces Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight has drawn heavy criticism, even from Pacquiao fans who were hoping to see a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Of course, most boxing fans still want a megafight with Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but at this point there are thoughts about whether the fight will ever happen and whether Mayweather is simply ducking him.

Beating Mosley and fighting Mayweather seem like the final things left in what's already a tremendous legacy. Question is: What happens when Pacquiao retires? Will boxing persevere after he's gone, or will it be in trouble? 

Let's discuss. Here are five reasons it will struggle, and five why it will be just fine:

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