Opinion | Apr 04 2016

If this is the end, Manny Pacquiao should be appreciated

In his new Boxing News column, Steve Kim discusses how to think about Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
Erik Morales is rocked by a punch from Manny Pacquiao in the ninth round during super featherweight fight in Las Vegas  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

AS Manny Pacquiao heads into his third match-up against Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the lack of real buzz in the States is palpable. Perhaps it’s the lingering resentment surrounding what was as Larry Merchant as dubbed it: ‘the Letdown of the Century’, which was last May’s half-billion dollar waltz between he and Floyd Mayweather.

Not even the specter of this being Pacquiao’s last go-around as a professional prizefighter has generated all that much interest in this event.

While Manny himself has made it clear that he intends for this to be his fistic swan song, his own promoter Bob Arum isn’t so sure and has gone out of his way to let anyone know that in his opinion, ‘the Pac Man’ will fight on. History is on Arum’s side, boxers have made proclimations of their impending retirements only to change their minds a short time later.