Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Pacquiao reveals retirement anguish as comeback looms

09 September 2016, 13:01

Beverly Hills - Manny Pacquiao says he knew almost as soon as his retirement began that he had made a mistake, revealing that loneliness and love for the sport had drawn him back into the ring.

The legendary Filipino icon, who hung up his gloves after what was supposed to be a farewell victory over Timothy Bradley in April, ended his short-lived retirement in early August.

The 37-year-old fighter is now targeting a slice of the world welterweight title when he faces World Boxing Organization champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 5.

Pacquiao had initially planned to focus on his political career after being elected to the Philippines Senate in May.

But politics proved to be no substitute for pugilism in the eyes of the Filipino great, who showed he had plenty left in the tank with his stylish win over Bradley five months ago.

"First when I hung up my gloves I realised," Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday.

"I felt lonely. And thinking about it over and over, I thought 'Boxing still likes me. Boxing still loves me.' So why stop my boxing career? So that's why I decided to continue my journey as a boxer."

- 'No surprise' -

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's long-serving cornerman revealed the fighter had made up his mind to scrap his retirement before he had even flown back to the Philippines from Las Vegas following the Bradley bout.

"Before he left for the airport after the last fight, he told me very clearly 'We will fight again'," Roach told AFP. "It was no surprise."

The only surprise, Roach said, was the timing.

"I knew that after he became a Senator he would fight again. I just thought it would be next year."

Also readPacquiao confirms fight with Vargas

Pacquiao insists that while his boxing career is now firmly back under way, he remains committed to politics, maintaining that he has had a "perfect" attendance record in the Senate since his election.

"I've learned a lot and not only talking about the problems. The most important thing is common sense," Pacquiao said.

The only challenge has been fitting his fitness regime around his duties in the Senate.

"In the morning I'll go for a jog and then rest a little bit, and then start work in the office," he said.

"By 10 o'clock I go to the Senate building and attend committee meetings. And after the committee meetings, attend the full session.

"And after the session I go straight to the gym, which is only 500 meters away from the Senate, and then train. After training, back home and rest."

- Hard worker -

Roach said he had been impressed by Pacquiao's conditioning after seeing him this week.

"He works out every day. He's in pretty good shape," he told AFP. "He's the hardest worker I've ever seen."

Many commentators have speculated that Pacquiao views his election to the Senate as a stepping stone for a presidential run.

Pacquiao dismissed the suggestion however. "That's not in my mind right now," he said "My focus is to serve honestly, and to pass laws that will help less fortunate families."

In the near-term though, Pacquiao's gaze is firmly fixed on his date with Vargas (27-1 with 10 knockouts) at the 19,000-capacity Thomas and Mack Center.

Mexican-American Vargas says he is aiming to avenge Pacquiao's numerous victories over Mexican fighters during his career.

Pacquiao smiled when asked for his reaction to Vargas's comments.

"This is not a movie. This is not a revenge movie. This is sport. Do your job and I'll do my job," he said.

As part of his determination to return with a bang, Pacquiao also ensured that 7,000 tickets for the fight were made available for the rock-bottom price of $50.

As of Thursday, 2,000 of the tickets had already been sold.

"It's a big challenge for me to get that belt again and prove that I can still manage serving the people and being a boxer," Pacquiao told a press conference on Thursday.

"I want to give back to the fans who've supported me. I'm selling 7,000 tickets for $50. I want to thank the fans who've supported me. It's going to be more action than we have before because Vargas is a champion who loves to fight. And that's the kind of fight I like. So the fans won't be bored."

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...