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Manny Pacquiao: I Still Have Two or Three Fights Left in Me

Manny Pacquiao said Monday he was good for “two or three” more fights, naming Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko or Floyd Mayweather as possible opponents a day after winning a new world title.

The 39-year-old Filipino shrugged off renewed calls by friends including President Rodrigo Duterte to hang up his gloves after stopping World Boxing Association "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, saying he would be “lonely” outside the ring.

Pacquiao flew back from Kuala Lumpur to his southern Philippine home town Monday, where a crowd of at least a thousand supporters waited for more than four hours to wave at or shake hands with him.

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“I feel good for now. Boxing is my passion and I would be lonely if I quit boxing,” he told reporters. “I believe I still have two or three fights left in me.”

Pacquiao, already one of the greatest boxers in history with unprecedented world titles in eight weight classes, silenced some of his critics last weekend by pummelling the dangerous Argentine into submission by technical knockout in the seventh round.

It was the first knockout win in nine years for the rags-to-riches southpaw, who is now an elected Philippine senator but who lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to unfancied Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last year.

Pacquiao, now with a win-loss-draw record of 60-7-2, said he was enjoying his win and was not in negotiations at this time for his next bout.

However he said he would relish another bout with Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao on points in 2015 and later retired undefeated.

“If Mayweather comes back to boxing there is a possibility of a rematch,” he said. “But there are many other challenges, like Crawford, Lomachenko, Amir Khan and many others,” he added.

The undefeated Crawford beat Horn for the WBO welterweight title last month, while Lomachenko holds the WBA super world lightweight title.

Pacquiao soaked up the adulation Monday as a brass band played and a police and military honour guard staged a welcome at the airport in the city of General Santos on Mindanao Island.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Reloaded on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;18942941]I don't get the whole Manny should stay away from Crawford thing. Crawford is good but he's never even came close to fighting someone like Pacquiao. Perhaps the closest he came was the Gamboa fight and he's not half the…

Comment by horge on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=mark1993;18943552]Can someone explain how he got into his tax debt problems. Genuinely asking.[/QUOTE] Long story short (or as short as I can make it): Pacquiao, like so many professional athletes, just isn't smart enough to know how dumb he is,…

Comment by turnedup on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=DARKSEID;18951976]I really don't think Floyd has it in him anymore. He looked ****ing terrible in his last couple fights. I know he won, but I mean relatively. He's way past his prime.[/QUOTE] Dude as someone on the border of 40...I…

Comment by DARKSEID on 07-20-2018

He can beat loma, loma just needs to grow a pair of nuts and take advantage of the biggest opportunity of his career.

Comment by OCPancho on 07-20-2018

Eddie Hearn wants to sign Pac . Expect Pac to fight it out in UK.

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