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Gibbons on Pacquiao retirement: ‘It’s coming from him, but it’s hearsay’


Confusion now surrounds the status of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career.

Two days after Pacquiao announced that he is calling it a day with regards to his stellar run inside the squared circle, MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said that the world’s only eight-division champion remains undecided on whether he will still have one more bout.

“In the coming weeks, the senator will decide how he’s going to finish his professional boxing career,” Gibbons told ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.

“After the fight and recently, he’s discussed retiring or maybe one more fight. He’s just talking out loud about different situations.”

Moments after Pacquiao announced his decision to run for president in the upcoming 2022 national elections, host Toni Gonzaga released a feature on the fighting senator.

Pacquiao went on to say that he is calling it a career.

“Boxing career ko, tapos na.

“Matagal na rin ako sa pagbo-boxing. Yung pamilya ko, lagi sinasabi na tama na,” said the 42-year-old living legend. “Nagtuloy-tuloy lang ako kasi passionate ako sa sport na ito.”

Though those were the words uttered by Pacquiao, Gibbons still said that it was “hearsay.”

“Until you see it officially come out on his Twitter or Instagram, he isn’t retired. Once you see it on a platform like that, it’s official. Anything else is just talk about what his thoughts are in the moment,” clarified Gibbons.

“It’s coming from him, but it’s hearsay.”

Pacquiao (62-8-2) is being linked to take on Robert Guerrero (37-6-1) in a “farewell” bout.

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