Manila - Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has
said he will "think hard" about retiring after his stunning and
controversial defeat to unheralded Australian challenger Jeff Horn.
Arriving home in the Philippines a day after losing his
World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a major upset in Brisbane on
Sunday, the 38-year-old Pacquiao said he was thinking about hanging up his
gloves for good.
"I am also considering the opinion of people, the
opinion of my family and my body," Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television on
Monday night when asked about retirement.
"I plan to relax first and recover from the pains in my
body and then after that, when I have already relaxed, that's when I will think
hard about it."
Immediately after the fight, Pacquiao had said he wanted a
rematch with Horn.
Pacquiao's wife, Jinkee, and his trainer, Freddie Roach, had
said they would advise him to quit boxing after a phenomenal 22-year
professional career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight
Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his
long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a
successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt
like a youngster.
The 29-year-old Horn's ultra-aggressive style proved too
much for Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and
115-113 to the Australian after 12 rounds.
On Monday, Pacquiao made disparaging comments about his
"He's not really good but he's really strong,"
Pacquiao said of Horn, as he questioned the decisions of American referee Mark
"There is no problem with the style of Jeff Horn if he
plays dirty, because there is a referee," Pacquiao said.
"The problem here is that the referee, I don't know if
he did it deliberately or he just did not have experience, he just allowed it
and did not even give any warning for how many times. It's as if the referee
wanted to help my opponent."