After being a high school registrar for 35 years, my mother finally retired in 2011. I remembered questioning her on what she will do after retirement. My mother simply answered “It’s time to relax and enjoy”
Other people tend to go another year or 2 when they hit the six-zero mark, but not my mother. She had it all planned. She wasn’t in denial about the fact that someday it will all be over.
Boxing has no spot for people that goes beyond the 33-35 year old mark, the savagery and brutality of the sport is too much for an old warrior. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bernard Hopkins are anomalies from the sport. They simply don’t grow old easily. Other boxers tried to defy father time and ended with Parkinson’s disease like Freddie Roach and Muhammad Ali to name a few. There are no time table, but usually washed up and old boxers will still try to get that one more shot in boxing glory. A few had been successful like George Foreman when he fought the undefeated Michael Moorer at age 45 and became the oldest fighter ever to win the World Heavyweight Championship. However, with all the wear and tear, usually over the hill boxers end their career in a sadder note.
After watching the fight of the century last May 2, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. cruised his way to a unanimous decision victory against Manny Pacquiao, almost everyone wanted Manny to retire. On his last six fights Pacquiao had it even, winning 3 and losing 3. Was it really an indication that Manny is on the decline? Is it time for Manny to retire?
To be fair, let’s try to examine what really happened last May 2. It took me time to really look into the fight and see who clearly won. Let’s not count compubox, since compubox is not part of the judging. Try to mute your video while watching and score each round on your own. I came up surprisingly with Manny having a score 115-113 based on aggression. The 118-110 score on one of the judges was totally absurd. After the fight, Manny pointed out that he had a shoulder injury, the same season ending injury Kobe Bryant underwent while playing for the Lakers. If that is true, then Manny is fighting with literally one hand.
Postponing the fight could be a disaster. The fight took five years to make, imagine having to wait for another year for Manny to rehabilitate his shoulder injury. Floyd will have all his reasons not to take the fight again. How about the people who travelled all the way to Las Vegas, and paid huge money for a boxing ticket. Even if Manny fought with two good hands, he would never win by decision. It’s just how Las Vegas roll. From the commission, MGM all the way to the judges they will do anything to protect their cash cow.
Manny had to rest for a year before he decides to fight again, Floyd has one fight left on his contract and will fight this September before he retires. So what’s left for Manny?
He could fight again next year and see how it goes, or he could just retire. Whatever it is, Manny has a year to think.
Or better yet, just like my Mother, he had it all planned.
Happy Mother’s day mom and to all the mothers out there!