Manny Pacquiao Plans to Retire from Boxing in 2021

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 22, 2018

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, strikes Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after a technical knockout in round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
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Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that he will retire in three years.

The 39-year-old, who has amassed a career record of 60 wins, seven losses and two draws, has only fought four times since losing a unanimous decision in a highly anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, 2015.

However, he's scheduled to face Adrien Broner on January 19 in Paradise, Nevada, for the WBA welterweight title.

Pacquiao spoke with the Agence France-Presse (via Rappler) regarding a retirement possibility earlier this year, noting that his July 15 bout with Lucas Matthysse would serve as a "basis" for his boxing future. Pacquiao ended up winning via a seventh-round technical knockout, which has seemingly prolonged his career.

In recent years, Pacquiao has explored other avenues. He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 2010-2016 before being elected to the Senate, which is a position he currently holds. Pacquiao also played in 10 games over three seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association and has taken up acting and singing as well.

Ultimately, Pacquiao seems to be moving into the next phase of his life with an increasing number of outside interests and a decreasing number of boxing matches, which is understandable given that he's pushing 40 years old and will fight professionally for the 70th time in January. Still, the boxing legend may have something left as his career starts coming to a close.

Regardless of how it ends, Pacquiao will go down as one of the more decorated fighters in boxing history. He ranks fourth on BoxRec's historical pound-for-pound rankings behind Mayweather, Sugar Ray Robinson and Archie Moore and has also held world titles in eight different weight divisions.