Friday, December 14, 2012
Updated: December 19, 1:15 PM ET
Jinkee Pacquiao: Manny should quit
ESPN.com news services
Manny Pacquiao's wife says her husband has nothing left to prove in the boxing ring and wants him to retire immediately.
Jinkee Pacquiao told USA Today Sports this week that she was frightened when her husband was sent face-first into the canvas by one punch from rival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their bout Dec. 8 in Las Vegas. Manny Pacquiao was given a CT scan, the results of which were negative.
"It's the first time I've seen him like that, lying on the canvas, and I was scared,'' she told USA Today Sports. She said she began screaming and crying, and was comforted by promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao and Marquez were fighting for the fourth time -- and second time in a row as welterweights. The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) is a former eight-division champion and has fought for 17 years, and his wife believes enough is enough.
"I know he is still (capable) of fighting, but for me there is nothing to prove," Jinkee Pacquiao told USA Today Sports. "He already has eight (title) belts. He can retire -- stop -- at any time. I want him to stop now. But he is the one who has the last say."
In October, Pacquiao, whose busy life outside the ring includes being a congressman in the Philippines, received a contract extension with promoter Top Rank that will keep him with the company through the end of 2014.
"Boxers risk their lives; (some) end up in wheelchairs. I don't want that to happen to Manny," Jinkee Pacquiao told USA Today Sports.