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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao will retire in 2016

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that Manny Pacquiao's focus is now on his political career, and that he'll retire from boxing in 2016.

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Manny Pacquiao will fight again next year. There has been chatter about a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather and a big fight with Amir Khan. But Pacquiao, 36, is also likely on his way out of the boxing ring, at least in Bob Arum's mind.

Arum told TMZ Sports that he expects Pacquiao to fight on briefly, and then hang up the gloves once he is elected Senator in the Philippines, where he was elected as a Congressman in 2010, and has served since. His ultimate goal, it is believed, is to become President.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO) lost his last fight, a decision against Floyd Mayweather in a record-busting mega-fight on May 2. He underwent shoulder surgery shortly after the bout, and was expected to remain on the sidelines through the remainder of 2015. Overall, he's gone 3-3 in his last six fights, one of those a highly disputed loss to Timothy Bradley in 2012, and the belief has been for a few years now that Pacquiao's focus was shifting more and more to his career in politics and less on boxing.

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