Buboy Fernandez, the co-trainer and boyhood friend of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, would like to see his fighter walk away from the sport one the back of a victory.
Last month, Pacquiao suffered a twelve round decision loss to WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 42-year-old Pacquiao was fighting for the first time in over two years.
He looked like a shadow of the fighter who decisioned an undefeated Keith Thurman only two years earlier.
At the moment, Pacquiao has not made an official decision regarding his boxing future.
The door is still open for another ring return.
Fernandez wants Pacquiao to leave the sport with his head held high.
“It’s not nice seeing him retire from the sport of boxing coming off a loss,” Fernandez told Daily Tribune.
After the fight, Pacquiao complained that his legs cramped up and he was unable to utilize his well-known movement.
There was talk that Pacquiao may have overtrained for the contest.
Fernandez indicates that everyone on the team spoke internally and realize what went wrong.
Like everyone else, Fernandez will wait for Pacquiao to make a final decision regarding his career in the sport.
“We’ve learned our lessons. We know what went wrong and we know what to do in the event he decides to fight again,” Fernandez said.
“It’s up to him. It’s his call, his decision to make [if he wants to fight again]. He should retire on a winning note and cap his career with a big bang. The important thing is for him to win that last fight because it’s just not right that you leave the sport coming from a loss. That’s going to hurt a lot."