Manny Pacquiao Should Not Retire

Manny Pacquiao Should Not Retire 

When in Manila this Sunday, we’ll all be watching Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios beat each other up.

Everyone will be glued to the TV sets for sure. The roads will once again be quiet and deserted. We’ll drop everything and just watch Manny throw very powerful punches at his opponent.

This fight is all the more special because he’s coming from 2 consecutive losses from Bradley and Marquez. The entire country is expecting a comeback from the Pound-for-Pound King. It’s definitely going to boost our morale especially since we’re still reeling from the damage of Typhoon Yolanda.

There’s also another reason Pacman needs to win: Coach Roach may ask him to retire. What? Manny Pacquiao to quit boxing?

There are several reasons why he should give it a rest, but there are far more reasons why he shouldn’t…even if he doesn’t win.

Here are 5 more reasons why Manny Pacquiao should not retire:


Virtually zero crime rate in the country

It could be in the Philippine National Police’s best interest to arrange a fight for Manny Pacquiao as often as possible because crime rate in the country significantly drops on fight day. Each time the pound for pound king gets inside the ring, the whole country stops to watch—literally.

Criminal take a break and become good guys even just for a day to watch Pacquiao knock out his opponent. The Philippines becomes the most peaceful country in the world during this time. The PNP has reported virtually zero crime rate during all of Pacman’s fights.

It’s like National Friendship Day

Everyone becomes very friendly to one another. It’s easy to turn to a complete stranger and strike a conversation.  Take the train and you’ll feel that the atmosphere is unusually cheerful. It’s so easy to turn to the person sitting next to you and talk about the upcoming fight. You’ll soon find yourselves giggling (like school girls) with excitement.

inside the MRT

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This is what you’ll see inside the MRT on ordinary days. But it’s a different scene during a Manny Pacquiao fight.

Manong drivers, I’ve observed, are the most excited. They’re the most talkative too. A cab ride will turn into a 30-minute commentary complete with a blow by blow account (or 15-minute, depending on where you’re going).

We become more prayerful people

Many of us have forgotten the habit of praying and only do it when things get rough. It’s sad, but it’s the reality. One good thing that comes out of a Manny Pacquiao fight is we pray for something other than personal gain. We pray that another person succeeds. Many, regardless of religious beliefs, pray for Manny Pacquiao to win.

Dionesia Pacquiao prays intently for son Manny

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Perhaps no one prays as hard as Mommy D during Manny’s fights. It’s worked out really well most of the times.

Filipinos become more popular to the rest of the world

Manny Pacquiao has given the country an image boost. Filipinos became popular to the rest of the world. Celebs like David Beckham and Mario Lopez are fans of Manny Pacquiao and that, in a way, makes us look cool to the rest of the world.


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More money for public projects

Manny Pacquiao makes A LOT of money from boxing. That’s why he’s also among the top taxpayers in the country. That means more money that can be used for government projects. Even with the notoriety of PDAF, we can count on officials like Manny who are out to give the public what they rightfully deserve.

He can’t pay millions of taxes if he’s no longer boxing, can he? 

So there you have it, 5 more reasons why Manny Pacquiao should not retire even if he loses to Brandon Rios. But that’s not something we’re open to, right? It’s about time that the pound-for-pound king shows the world, once again, that he’s the greatest boxer of our time.  

Manny Pacquiao Should Not Retire