Manny Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, has paid a heartwarming tribute to him on social media after the veteran lost to Yordenis Ugas via unanimous decision.
Jinkee Pacquiao took to Instagram where she posted a photo of them together with an emotional caption.
“Words cannot express how proud I am of the Man you are,” Jinkee Pacquiao wrote in the caption. “We, your family, have seen how much you have toiled, (sacrificed) and given of yourself blood sweat, and tears since the beginning when you dreamed of becoming world champion. You never think of yourself and are not afraid to risk your life on the ring time and time again because you love to make people happy.
“Over the years we have become even more proud to be by your side as you inspire us to be kind giving and helpful to all.”
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Manny Pacquiao himself has hinted that he is nearing retirement, but he is yet to reveal his plans.
In an interview before the fight, he had said that his body is still feeling good and able to take on top competitors in the game.
He is expected to take on Error Spence Jr, but that seems unlikely to take place given the outcome of the Pacquiao-Ugas fight.
After the loss, the 42-year-old boxer said that he wishes to fight for a bit long, but he may have to reconsider continuing.
“In my heart, I want to continue [to] fight. But I have to consider, also, my body…In this sport, this is my passion, this is why I’m still here fighting at the age of 42. I’m enjoying it, but sometimes you have to think about the life span of your body,” the Pacman said.
Freddie Roach feels now’s the time for Manny Pacquiao to retire
Freddie Roach has been like a father to Pacman. He has confided in the Pacman’s abilities for years and the boxer has proved his worth in the ring for over 26 years.
However, after the Ugas loss, Roach feels now could be the time the 42-year-old should bid adieu to the world of boxing.
I hate to see the day he retires but this could be it,” the legendary coach said. “He didn’t have a great performance tonight. We’ll see what Manny decides.”
Right after Ugas won, Manny Pacquiao, being the man of integrity he has been throughout his career, said that Ugas was the better boxer and thoroughly deserved the win.
“We’re not young anymore, but that’s boxing,” he said. “I’m (still) enjoying it but sometimes you have to take the response from your body.”
“We can’t avoid that (retirement). It’s just my mind, my heart is 100% but my legs are cramping. We pushed a lot.”