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God told me to retire: Manny

2012-03-19 10:18

Manila - Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that he had been told by God in a dream to retire soon, potentially raising doubt over hopes of a fight with American Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao, regarded as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter, told radio station DZMM in an interview also broadcast over the channel's Teleradyo TV show, that he had decided to give up all his vices after the dream.

"I will not stay long in boxing because he said: 'You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful,'" said a serious-looking Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in as many weight divisions.

Pacquiao, 33, said he had the dream earlier this year but declined to reveal how many more fights he would contest before stepping down.

But when asked if his new-found religious fervour would hurt his boxing, Pacquiao replied: "I will do my work inside the ring."

The boxer, who has translated his sports fame into huge riches, a showbiz career and election to parliament, said he believed he had been chosen by God to use his fame to spread the Christian message.

"When I speak, a lot of people listen," he said.

He said he would make a major announcement on a religious note later this month.

Pacquiao, who has a 54-3 win-loss record with two draws, stakes his World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown against undefeated American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9.

Mayweather and Pacquiao have never had a fight and boxing fans have long sought a matchup. The pair were in negotiations for a mega-fight to be held later this year but talks fell through.

Formerly a heavy gambler who was fond of late-night parties, Pacquiao announced in January that he had become a changed man after his religious vision.

AFP

Comments
  • Musa - 2012-03-19 10:47

    Your God knows if you fight Mayweather you are a dead man, so he told you to run now while you still can.... You should thank him dude!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-19 11:10

      Ura>on

      Jako - 2012-03-19 11:13

      Mayweather would not see the 5th against this guy, and he knows it

      Chris - 2012-03-19 13:02

      What are you smoking, Musa? Mayweather is barely in Manny's class.

  • Xoli - 2012-03-19 11:15

    Can you whilst you talking to the big man upstairs ask him to spare FABRICE MUAMBA'S life..please mr pac man..

  • Jason - 2012-03-19 11:37

    Glad with so many important things going on in the world he makes time to give you career advise.. does he have the proof to back this claim up?

  • Christo - 2012-03-19 12:08

    Fantastic, our God is an Awsome God.

  • Paul - 2012-03-19 12:32

    Ha ha ha... PacMan struggled with Marquez who is an average defensive boxer.... Ask yourself how he would do with the most talented defensive boxer?? Marquez disrupted PacMan's rhythm with mediocre defensive boxing... hhmmm what do you think Maywheather will do to PacMan's rhythm??? hahahahaha.... But I'd still love to see them fight....

  • sydneyarthurv - 2012-03-22 15:03

    why cant they just fight already. mayweather is not defensive hes cowardice and manny will moer him.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-03-26 21:32

    Mximm ths is a lie God wanted 2c Mayweather whupping ur ass

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