Manny Pacquiao to retire after April fight

Longtime Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that the Filipino boxer would call it a career after his April 9 fight. Arum elaborated saying that Pacquiao hoped to be elected to the Filipino senate in May, and would have to concentrate wholly on his political career. Currently Pacquiao serves as a congressman in the Philippines.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported the news and Arum went on to say, “we talked very seriously, and he said, ‘Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines, and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.”

Pacquiao’s next and last scheduled fight is for April 9, although his opponent is yet to be determined.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) has won world titles at flyweight, junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight — from 112 to 154 pounds — turning him into a national hero in the Philippines and a global superstar.

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