Manny Pacquiao is not only the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, he’s also one of the most popular sports figures on the planet. Like many athletes, Pacquiao has had a troubled past and isn’t anywhere close to being a perfect person, but sports fans love him because of his friendly, outgoing personality.
Recently the fighter has restored his faith in God and has become an extremely religious person. Pacman even claims God visits him in his dreams and tells him to retire from the ring.
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that he had been told by God in a dream to retire soon, potentially raising doubt over hopes of a fight with American Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, told radio station DZMM in an interview also broadcast over the channel’s Teleradyo TV show, that he had decided to give up all his vices after the dream.
“I will not stay long in boxing because he said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful,’” said a serious-looking Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in as many weight divisions.
Pacquiao, 33, said he had the dream earlier this year but declined to reveal how many more fights he would contest before stepping down.
But when asked if his new-found religious fervour would hurt his boxing, Pacquiao replied: “I will do my work inside the ring.”
— Ryan Nehring (@Ryan_Nehring) March 20, 2012
How does Pacquiao saying that God told him to retire soon make him scared of Mayweather? #HatersGonnaHate
— Derek Sparks (@DE_rek_XC) March 20, 2012
manny pacquiao said god told him he had to retire soon? hmmmm and they say floyds scared
— Troy Griffith (@Trilll_Cosby) March 20, 2012
Manny Pacquiao said God spoke to him to retire. So, why is he not yet retiring? It is all about MONEY and he knows it. Don't fool us.
— dTruth4ever (@DTruth4Ever) March 20, 2012
I love God, but don't retire Pacquiao… or at least not yet
— Empoy (@Empoy_Reyes) March 20, 2012
— Al Montaño (@almontano) March 20, 2012
— Insert coin here (@coldfusionMBE) March 20, 2012