Roach not putting Pacquiao out to pasture

November, 8, 2011
11/08/11
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Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, told reporters on Monday that his fighter's boxing career had a firm end date: 2013, assuming Pacquiao runs for, and wins, election as governor of Sarangani Province in the Philippines. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, isn't quite so ready to assume that the countdown clock is ticking.

"He asked me: 'When I start slowing down, will you tell me?'" Roach told reporters at the MGM Grand on Tuesday. "And I said, 'Yeah, but you're not even close yet.' I haven't seen any decline in Manny Pacquiao, so he could fight for years more if he wants to. It's just his motivation. I told him, the first day he walks through the Wild Card doors and he's lazy, I'll tell him. We've always decided that'll be the day he quits.

"Manny Pacquiao's going to quit when Manny Pacquiao's going to quit and he feels like it, and putting a number on it -- it's an idea, but will it happen? Boxing's very, very addictive. It's hard to give up, as we all know, and Manny Pacquiao, he might fight 10 more fights."
Kieran Mulvaney covers boxing for ESPN.com, HBO.com and Reuters, and also blogs for Discovery Channel News.

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