Retirement on hold for shoulder injury: Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao gives his view on retirement
Manila, May 13 (IANS)
Boxer Manny Pacquiao has said he will decide on retirement after completely healing from his shoulder injury.
The 36-year-old Filipino, returned to his country on Wednesday after his defeat to American Floyd Mayweather in their world welterweight super-fight on May 2.
“I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying by bbc.com on Tuesday.
“I'm not saying I am going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December,” he said.
Despite a unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a six-weight world champion, received a warm welcome back to the Philippines by fans.
Pacquiao fought the contest with a shoulder injury and is the now subject of a Nevada lawsuit for failing to declare his injury prior to the bout. He underwent a shoulder surgery shortly after the fight.
He has expressed a desire to fight Mayweather in a rematch, but his wish has been turned down by the American who termed his opponent a “sore loser”.
Pacquiao also said he has accepted the defeat against Mayweather but believes he won the fight by a slim margin.
“I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it,” he added.