Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday (9 April) he will concentrate on his family and local politics after his victory by unanimous decision in the match with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, reiterating his plan on retirement.
Pacquiao, who bounced back from a controversial split-decision defeat to Bradley in 2012 with a decisive win two years later, delivered the final blow in their welterweight clash in Las Vegas as all three judges scored it 116-110 in his favour.
With fans chanting ‘Manny’ at the conclusion, Pacquiao (58-6-2) maintained that he is heading into retirement and continuing his political career in the Philippines.
“I already decided and commitment to my family that after this fight I’m going to go back home and spend more time with them, and talking about retirement that’s going to be, and focus to help and serve the people in the Philippines, and that is my priority right now and focus,” Pacquiao told journalists at the post match news conference.
“You know, let me enjoy first a retired life, if you ask me to comeback, I don’t know because I might be enjoying a retired life like I said,” Pacquiao added.
After a slow start narrowly controlled by Bradley, the 37-year-old Pacquiao seized the momentum in the middle portion following a furious fifth round.
Pacquiao then caught an off balance Bradley with a right hand to the ear to drop him in the seventh, but the American surprisingly bounced back to hurt Pacquiao during the eighth.
From there Pacquiao wrested back control, highlighted by a right uppercut that dropped Bradley in the ninth.
At the strong urging of his trainer Teddy Atlas, Bradley (33-2-1) continued to hang in for the latter rounds though he appeared in trouble at the final bell.
“Every round I’m looking for a knockout to finish the fight, but you know Bradley he’s also a tough opponent, a tough boxer,” Pacquiao said of the performance, which may go some way to helping cement his legacy after a disappointing fight against Floyd Mayweather last May.
Mayweather easily won the fight that lacked much action to retire undefeated, though Pacquiao’s support team said afterwards he had suffered a shoulder injury in training beforehand and later needed surgery.
“I came up short tonight. Manny Pacquiao was strong, he was solid, he somehow knew what I was going to be doing, where I was going to be at. Him and Freddie roach came over with a great game plan and I got defeated, man. He was strong, man, fast and strong,” Bradley said, commenting how he was unable to effectively counter the Filipino boxer’s punches.
After the ring victory, the 37-year-old former world boxing eight-division champion is looking for a knock-out win in next month’s elections in the Philippines as opinion polls showed him in tenth place for 12 vacant seats in the upper house of Congress.