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article imageOp-Ed: A Mayweather fight could alter Manny Pacquiao's retirement plan

By Leo Reyes     Nov 26, 2013 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao has been parrying recurring questions from media about his retirement plan after losing twice in a row last year following a 15-fight winning streak since losing to Erik Morales in 2005.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, who has nurtured Pacquiao to greatness for over a decade, told Boxing Channel in an interview that the eight-division champion is good for another three years.
During his training camp leading up to the Rios fight last Nov. 24, Pacquiao said he plans to fight for three more years.
Pacquiao is turning 35 on Dec. 17 and if he sticks to his plan to continue fighting for another three years, he won't be retiring until 2016. By then, he will be 38 years old.
Pacquiao used to fight 2-3 times a year and if he continues fighting until 2016, at the very least, he will be fighting six times. His potential foe Floyd Mayweather who is a year older, is likewise fighting six times more as per his contract with CBS/Showtime. He has so far fought twice with four more to go.
Seemingly, the reason Pacquiao isn't retiring soon, could be attributed to his long-term political plans which include a shot at the presidency in 2022 and the timeline starts with the 2016 national elections when Pacquiao will most likely seek a senatorial post.
In his revelations to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an exclusive interview after the kick off ceremony in Macau, China, to promote the Rios fight, Pacquiao said he has indeed entertained the idea of joining the 2022 presidential election.
Pacquiao's admission is not actually new. In 2011, his promoter Bob Arum revealed Pacquiao's political plan.
"It's 2022, that's the year Manny would become eligible to run for the presidency," Arum said before Pacman's open media workout according to back in 2011.
"That would be, to me, the biggest achievement of my career, to see this kid how far he has come and how far he can go.
"But I hope I will be alive to see it. I will be age 91. I won't be dancing, I will be in the hospice by then," Arum said with a hearty laugh. Read more:
Boxer Manny Pacquiao being interviewed after working out in preparation for Timothy Bradley
Boxer Manny Pacquiao being interviewed after working out in preparation for Timothy Bradley
At this time, it appears that Pacquiao needs huge funding to bankroll his campaign for the senatorial post in 2016 and the presidency in 2022.
On the average, Pacquiao reportedly makes around $20 million per fight and if he climbs the ring six times in the next three years, he would be making at least $120 million.
Pacquiao could be the happiest person in the sport if Mayweather agrees to face him next year. If this happens, he won't be risking his life with six other opponents in the next three years.
According to Arum, the highly hyped fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao could generate as much as $300 million.
If this is so, why would Pacquiao fight six times more when he can generate the funds he needs for his politics by just facing Mayweather?
Clearly, a Mayweather fight can alter Pacquiao's retirement plan.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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