Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Manny Pacquiao is the last of a dying breed


Credit:Bettors Insider
This probably isn’t the way that Manny Pacquiao pictured his prolific career coming to an end.Unlike most fighters, Pacquiao wanted to end his career against the toughest opponent he could find. And for a man just a few months shy of turning 43 years of age, that’s abnormal.


 While a majority of his peers have retired and moved on to exhibition bouts against non-threats for immense paydays, Pacquiao is still here and looking to teach the next generation a thing or two about what it means to strive to be the best. 

Boxing’s first and only eight-division world champion is holding court with a small group of reporters in the arena where he’ll be quite possibly stepping into the ring for the final fight of his career 72 hours later. But it’s not against the opponent he imagined. It was supposed to be against Errol Spence Jr., one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world who is perceived to be younger, bigger and stronger than Pacquiao. 

“I want the biggest challenges,” Pacquiao says. Not everyone believed him. But he decided to challenge Spence in his perceived swan song from the sport. 

Unfortunately, Spence suffered a detached retina in training just two weeks before the biggest fight of 2021 and Pacquiao will now fight the high risk, low reward Yordenis Ugas. And with it being possible that he announces his presidential candidacy in the Philippines and effectively ends his boxing career, it’s clear that Pacquiao wanted to go out with a bang. 

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