Former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be fighting for the last time in his career this Saturday in his rematch against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the belief of Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, who believes that Pacquiao will choose retirement after Bradley beats him for a second time in front of a huge nationwide audience watching on HBO pay-per-view.
“This what we’re here for. I think it’s Manny Pacquiao’s last fight,” Diaz said at the final press conference on Wednesday of this week. “Like everything in life, everything has a beginning and there’s an end. I think this is Manny Pacquiao’s end.”
Pacquiao has other ideas about how this fight will go, as he believes he’s going to beat the 30-year-old Bradley in a decisive enough manner to where there will be no doubts. However, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has already gone on record by saying that he’ll sit Pacquiao down and tell him that he needs to retire if he loses this fight.
Roach won’t have much choice in the matter. Pacquiao has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights, and another defeat would make it painfully obvious that it’s time for the 35-year-old Pacquiao to hang up his gloves permanently.
It’s been two years since Pacquiao was beaten by Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in disappointing back to back defeats. Pacquiao has fought only once since then in defeating Brandon Rios in a tune-up fight last November. That win, as good as it was, proved little in terms of Pacquiao having come back from his crushing defeats, because Rios wasn’t a talented enough fighter to prove anything for Pacquiao.
Saturday’s fight between Pacquiao and Bradley is the match-up that will show whether Pacquiao should retire or continue with his career. If he loses, then Pacquiao will need to make a decision whether it’s worth it for him to continue fighting given his lack of success.