After Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision loss to American world champion Floyd Mayweather on Sunday (Manila time), the question for the Filipino boxing icon is, ‘what’s next Manny?’
It’s no open secret that Pacquiao will be coming home probably $200M richer (counting all the revenues generated by the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’).
But at this point, the more pressing question is, “Is there any more ‘world’ to conquer for Pacquiao?”
Personally, Pacquiao has fought with the best of the best in different weight classes in his 20-year pro career.
He has beaten Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez (save for that sixth-round KO loss in December 2012), Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito, Erik Morales, Oscar dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto, among others.
By doing so, the ‘Pac-Man’ has cemented his place in the pantheon of boxing’s greatest fighters.
At 36, Pacquiao is no spring chicken anymore.
Since he’s got a full plate everyday – being a father of four growing kids, a congressman in Saranggani, a playing coach for KIA Motors in the PBA, a recording artist, a businessman, and the list goes on, it would be best that Pacquiao starts pondering on his future in boxing.
Yes, losing to Mayweather may not be a great way to retire from boxing, but everybody knows that his sixth career loss as a pro boxer, was partly due to “Money’s” ‘fun run’ in the latter rounds’ much-hyped super fight.
Pacquiao gained the respect of the world for going after the “running-and-hugging” Mayweather. He threw all the jabs and the punches he could throw even if he’s not 100-percent healthy due to a shoulder injury.
But at the end of the day, Pacquiao doesn’t need another world title to secure his place among the greats. He doesn’t even need another fight to earn a decent income.
God has blessed him with so much at this point.
All he needs to do now is to zero in on his priorities in life.
Hopefully, God will give Pacquiao the “Solomonic wisdom” as he moves on from the Mayweather fight.
And whatever decision he makes in the coming days, may every Pacquiao-supporter rally behind him, remembering him for giving so much honor, glory to our country as well as being a powerful inspiration to the world.