Manny Pacquiao has achieved everything in his boxing career that he could have hoped for, and has little else to accomplish before he retires.
Some might say he should be trying for an 8th world title at an 8th weight. Others that he needs to fight Floyd Mayweather for his legacy to be complete.
There is always something more any fighter can do, even one so highly regarded as Pacquiao already is. Equally there is always a limit to what any one fighter can achieve in a profession with a relatively short shelf life. Already Pacquiao has considered retirement, and his mother is adamant that he should stop fighting soon.
At the moment it seems Pacquiao is riding the crest of a wave, he’s the best boxer in the world, not to mention an international star. He appears regularly on American television, and is a national hero in his home country. His many activities outside the ring include acting, singing and politics.
While he is one of the richest athletes in the world, many are tipping Pacquiao to be another of boxing’s tragic stories in the long run. Too big to fail isn’t a term that applies in boxing, as Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield can both testify. Both made more in their careers than Pacquiao and both are now bankrupt. Largely a result of bad habits and giving away money to the wrong people.
Pacquiao himself doesn’t seem to be concerned with money, spending it freely, giving it away and keeping a record breaking entourage employed with one task or another. With his next foray into the murky world or Filipino politics next on his agenda though, can he really afford to stop fighting any time soon?
The last time he got mixed up in politics, he was by all accounts robbed blind by some of his supposed allies, who squandered his campaign money in what turned out to be a fruitless effort. This time around he’s keeping a tighter hand on the purse strings, but even so this campaign won’t be a cheap one. A lot of what people like about him is the boxer, rather than the politician, singer or actor he has also become. Without fighting a lot of his popularity might eventually dry up.
Simply put, he has high operating costs in everything he does. While the millions he earns from fighting hold him over at the moment, this won’t always be the case, and when he retires from boxing he will need to retire his entourage as well. If not, then the hangers on and empty suits will eventually bleed him dry and leave him in the same position as so many others.
Steven Cabasa, Pittsburgh PA: “Pacquiao’s political mates are a completely mixed up bunch of politicians from all kinds of stances who are united by one thing, Pacquiao’s money and fame. Once the money stops coming or Pacquiao loses this election all his friends in politics will slither away”
Scott Collins, Pittsburgh PA: “I bet every one of the comments you get will be negative, but Pacquiao is no different from the others. Hes surrounded by leeches just like all the other great champions were and he’ll end up the same way. Sad but true”
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