Manny Pacquiao will wait until his right shoulder heals before making a decision on his boxing future but admits retirement is knocking at the door.
"I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement," he said. "I'm not saying I am going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December."
Pacquiao aggravated this pre-existing injury during his May 2 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he failed to notify the Nevada Athletic Commission of his condition in the governing body's pre-fight questionnaire.
As such, two people have filed lawsuits against Pacquiao on account of him deceiving pay-per-view buyers, gamblers and those in attendance at the MGM Grand, per BBC Sport. He is currently under investigation for perjury.
Mayweather dominated the so-called "Fight of the Century," taking an assertive approach in the opening round and remaining typically elusive for much of the bout. Even so, Pacquiao wishes to have a second crack at the unbeaten boxer.
"I [would] like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family."
Mayweather was frustrated by Pacquiao's suggestion that his shoulder limited his quality after the May 2 encounter. In a recent interview with Showtime (via BBC Sport), he suggested Pacquiao doesn't deserve a second shot at his 48-0 record: "At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward. If you lost, accept the loss."
Pacquiao made it known during his in-ring interview after the final bell that he believed he won the fight, something he maintains: "I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it."
Veteran brawler Bernard Hopkins believes Pacquiao not announcing his injury before the fight has the potential to dampen boxing's reputation. Like Mayweather, he doesn't accept this "weak excuse" in a positive light. Instead, he believes it's up to others to put on entertainment worthy of the fans' money, as Edward Chaykovsky of Boxing Scene reported:
My thing is this, I think it was a cheap way to go out and (be) disrespectful not only to boxing but disrespectful to the fans, who had a chance for the ones who backed away from boxing to embrace it again, and now Golden Boy Promotions and any other promoter who think like us—we got to now clean up their s--t by putting on the best shows, the best events and not let any of this stuff happen on our watch.
Mayweather has confirmed his last fight will be in September. Pacquiao is likely to still be on the road to recovery at this point and certainly isn't going to be working in the gym within four months. As such, it seems the beaten fighter won't receive his wish of facing Mayweather again.
The overcoming of his injury provides an obvious selling point for a second face-to-face, but Pacquiao didn't do enough to convince the masses he will ever be able to defeat the American.
With many onlookers likely upset at the situation that has played out, there's no guarantee pay-per-view buyers will once again shell out to see Pacquiao fight, no matter how much he believes he toppled Mayweather last time out.