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article imagePacquiao's retirement plan draws mixed reaction from fans

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By Leo Reyes     Mar 21, 2012 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao's recent announcement about his retirement from professional boxing due to his Bible crusade drew mixed reaction from boxing fans around the world with majority not wanting him to retire this year.
Speculations are high the eight-division world champion will be retiring right after his fight with Timothy Bradley on June 9 but will consider a fight with future foe Floyd Mayweather in November.
But Pacquiao's latest announcement states he will do three more fights before ending his professional boxing career for good.
Pacquiao's impending retirement drew mixed reactions from boxing fans with majority opposing early retirement while others want him to retire now. They cited the divine message Pacquiao had received recently in his dream, as a signal for him to retire now.
Here are some comments from fans who responded to a recent article about his impending retirement:
"Don’t retire, Manny! I understand where you are coming from with your religious beliefs. However, at the same time this is tough to expect as a loyal fan of yours . I wish you the best of luck in your next fight and with your decision".
"Manny will retire after he beats Floyd…What if Floyd ask for a re match? Why not?"
"Manny, you’ve to beat Floyd. You’re the best and you’ll retire being world champion. You’re a inspiration to many people of the world."
"Manny helped put boxing back in the spotlight for alot of people. i do want to see a Pac-man/ Mayweather fight before he hangs up his gloves".
"Manny said that God told him, through his dream that he needs to retire…then so be it."
To view more comments from boxing fans, please click here.
Pacquiao is set to face unbeaten Palms Spring boxing star Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9 in Las Vegas, Nev.
His future foe, Mayweather, is likewise scheduled to face Miguel Cotto on May 5, also at the MGM Grand.
Speculations are high both fighters will finally clash in November after they get past their respective opponents.
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