Pacquiao returns to the Philippines, hints at possible retirement
Manny Pacquiao returned to his home country of the Philippines after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff to contemplate a return to the ring or retirement.
Pacquiao says his focus is continuing his rehab for his injured shoulder. He says he was injured during training in the weeks before the welterweight unification bout against Floyd Mayweather on May 2. Mayweather won the fight via unanimous decision.
Pacquiao said whenever he recovers from his shoulder injury that he'll make "an announcement for continuing my career or announcement for retirement."
"I know what you are thinking, that hopefully there would be a rematch,” Pacquiao told a crowd at a Manila hotel, according to the Associated Press. “I like that. I want that. But for the moment, I am thinking of focusing on this shoulder, on my work and my family."
Pacquiao did not say if he will seek reelection as a congressman, as his term ends next year.
He said he still believes he won the fight against Mayweather, which shattered the pay-per-view record with 4.4 million buys, which generated more than $400 million in revenue. The almost 17,000 spectators at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas paid almost $72 million to see the fight.
Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) told a local television station that he believes he won the fight, but respected the judges’ decision.
"I reviewed it repeatedly. I scored myself. I was ahead two points," he said.
"Enjoy your victory, you deserve it," he said in a message to Mayweather.
As for a rematch with Mayweather, that could be on hold as Mayweather says he refuses to fight Pacquiao again, calling him a “sore loser."
Pacquiao is currently being sued by several parties, who are seeking damages over the non-disclosure form he signed before the fight.
He could be fined or suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission if he is found to have lied on the questionnaire about his injured right shoulder.
- Scooby Axson