Manny Pacquiao still could not say with certainty whether he would hang up the gloves on his legendary boxing career.
Faced with the reality that Father Time is undefeated after sustaining a unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas, the 42-year-old is at a crossroads as he explores his next move.
“Minsan kaya ng isip natin at puwede pa pero pagdating sa katawan, tignan natin nang mabuti kung mag-respond ‘yung katawan mo,” Pacquiao said in an edition of Rappler Talk on Monday, September 6.
(Sometimes the mind can still do it but you have to see whether your body will respond accordingly.)
“Kung tatanungin mo ako, puwede pa ako lumaban – physically, mentally, and spiritually,” he added.
(If you ask me, I can still fight – physically, mentally, and spiritually.)
Fighting for the first time in more than two years, Pacquiao showed signs of slowing down as he had trouble penetrating the stifling defense of the taller and younger Ugas.
His loss to Ugas has led to calls from fans and some of the people in his inner circle for Pacquiao to walk away from the sport.
Also, Pacquiao is weighing the option of running for president in the national elections next year.
“I have to consider a lot of things, especially sa pamilya ko at ‘yung tungkulin ko sa bayan,” said Pacquiao, who is also a senator.
(I have to consider a lot of things, especially matters regarding my family and my duty to the country.)
“Boxing ako nang boxing eh maraming nangangailangan ng tulong. Minsan isa rin consideration ko yan, na ipaglaban ‘yung mga kababayan natin.”
(I keep on boxing but there are a lot of people who need help. That is one of my considerations – to fight for our countrymen.)
Pacquiao is expected to announce his decision regarding his political career before the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy in October. – Rappler.com