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Manny Pacquiao's Wife, Mother Asking For Retirement

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao shed tears on national television on Monday, saying he had let his country down in his devastating knockout loss to his great Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“The low morale, the sadness, I accept that. This is my job... But the reaction of the Filipinos, the many who cried, especially my family, it really hurts me,” he said in an interview on the GMA network.

The former eight-division world champion wiped tears from his eyes listening to his wife, Jinkee, make a tearful appeal on camera for her husband, who turns 34 next week, to hang up his gloves.

“When you see your husband get hurt, you cannot even sleep,” she said in the interview, conducted in the United States after Saturday’s Las Vegas bout.

Asked if she wanted her husband to retire from boxing, she said: “You know the answer to that. He knows what I am asking him”.

Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia made a separate appeal on the same station.

“I have long asked you son, it is time to retire because you started boxing at such a young age. I always pray that he will stop. I asked God to tell my son to stop,” she said.

She said she was alarmed by her son’s knock-out at the hands of Marquez in the sixth round of their non-title fight Saturday night local time in Las Vegas.

The loss stunned a huge Philippine audience watching the fight live on television on Sunday.

“I was shocked yesterday. The way he suddenly fell,” said Pacquiao’s mother, who added that, like in previous bouts, she had only watched a recording because she could not bear to watch her son’s fights live.

But while moved by the women’s entreaties, Pacquiao remained non-committal on calls for his retirement.

“I don’t want to hurt my family and the people who support them,” was all he would say about his future plans.

“I am OK. I just got overconfident in this fight. That is part of the game — sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Pacquiao said immediately after the loss that he intends to fight again.

The Filipino fighter who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions has extended his boxing success into election to parliament, a career in showbusiness and commercial endorsements.

But there have been questions about Pacquiao’s focus on his boxing in recent years as he has had to deal with his duties as a congressman, host of a television game show and as pitchman for various products.

In the past year he has also become a Bible preacher, though he insists his religion has not dulled his killer instinct in the ring.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by carloscruz10009 on 12-12-2012

Or how about when Freddie Roach said Shane had to come down to about 142 or 143 after the Margarito fight for Pacquiao to fight him? He ducks Mosley but still fights the guy Mosley beat? Explain that?

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=Phantomas;12798621]Mosley didn´t look that shot when he fought Margarito and Mayweather, vs Pac he just didn´t want to fight, and vs Canelo he didn´t look shot either when he took those bombs. Everybody here makes fun of protected boxers fighting…

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=hitking;12798362]What you don't seem to understand is that these fanatical weirdos are in such a scramble mode to make the last 3-4 years of their pathetic lives meaningful that they don't even realize that [B]****in on Floyd's win over JMM…

Comment by stretchedout on 12-11-2012

[QUOTE=1prodz;12798330]Fraudulent fans don't you wish that was your hero Floyd-roid landing that punch on Pacquaio. But Floyd-roid is probably somewhere in a cave right now counting money right now. Or suffering the side effects from ROID-RAGE, and beating up his…

Comment by carloscruz10009 on 12-11-2012

Pac was definitely on something.. funny how they crying about steriods now... but have been ducking the tests for years.... interesting & ironic.

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