By Chris Labate
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is moving closer to God. The boxer has always been religious, but in the last few months the Filipino superstar has taken huge steps to follow his religious beliefs. The Catholic Church recently named Pacquiao as an ambassador.
Pacquiao is already sensing a conflict with his full devotion to God and the brutal sport of boxing. He fully admits that his boxing career is quickly coming to end.
He returns on June 9th against undefeated Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"I'm not saying [Bradley] is the last fight. Maybe I can fight one more. I don't know. I have a casino and sold it and all my roosters, stopped drinking alcohol and everything that's not good for following the commandments of God. Boxing, for me, hitting each other is not good. So I was thinking I'm not going to stay long in boxing," Pacquiao told USA Today.
Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao, is a bit concerned with his boxer's new lifestyle changes. He doesn't know how the lifestyle changes will affect Pacquiao in the gym.
"I haven't seen Manny yet, but I know he's got a very strong faith in God. But I haven't seen him so I haven't seen any changes or anything like that. We'll get ready for the fight. If it's not there, it's not there, and I'll probably tell him to retire," Roach told USA Today.