Could June 9th be the last time we see Manny Pacquiao in the ring? (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Ok breathe. Settle down and take the gigantic grain of salt that inevitably comes when the words boxer and retirement come together. However, this story isn't the normal crazy rumor, it does come straight from Manny Pacquiao according to Allen V. Estabillio of Minda News.
"Hindi maganda na nagse-share ako ng salita ng Panginoon tapos nananakit ako ng kapwa (It's not right that I share God's word and at the same time hurt other people)," he told reporters after gracing the oath-taking of newly-promoted personnel of the Army's 73rd Infantry Battalion in Maasim town in Sarangani.
"I've gained more than enough blessings these past years so I think it's time for me to return the favor," he said in Filipino.
These statements are in line with recent actions by the Filipino congressman. Citing his newly found faith and "Bible-centered" life, Manny has sold his prized fighting cocks, his Manila casino, and his entertainment bar J-Mix. A devotion to bible study and a newly found faith started after beating Juan Manuel Marquez in November. Apparently Manny started studying the Bible with such vigor that Manny has accepted an offer from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to become the Church's "Bible ambassador." I have no idea what a "Bible ambassador" does, but it does show me that Manny is extremely serious about his faith.
I'm not sure if Manny is going to retire after his fight with Timothy Bradley on June 9th, but it is something to keep in mind when watching the inevitable 24/7 series before the fight. With Manny becoming more involved in politics and faith, it seems that his interests outside of boxing are extremely serious. I always thought that actions spoke louder than words, and Manny's actions suggest that he is trying to pursue a more righteous path. Based on his words and actions, do you think that Timothy Bradley will be Manny's last fight?