Manny Pacquiao’s finale fight against Timothy Bradley came out in style and guns blazing, that made boxing fans hope Manny’s retirement is just a spur of the moment decision.
The angles were there, the speed and power that we have known Manny for, came back like a second wind on his career. He was vicious and yet cautious. Right away we salivate again on matching him up with Canelo Alvarez or a rematch fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But when the final bell rang and as both fighters raised their hands up, there is that eerie feeling that this could be it. We thought the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight was an indication that Manny doesn’t have it anymore. We saw how old boxers try to defy age and retirement and came out risking their lives more than their legacy. Manny fought and failed convincingly, there was no need for a Bradley fight. But the Floyd fight isn’t the right ending that we hope for in Manny’s Cinderella and rags to riches life. For all the excitement, for all the fun with blood, sweat and tears Manny sacrifice for all boxing fans out there, he deserves a rightful ending.
Timothy Bradley came out prepared in this fight. With Teddy Atlas as his new technician in the corner, it add him a different perspective. Any boxer fighting Timothy on that night will be in for a long and winding one. But on the big stage when everyone’s eyes are watching and when the world stops again for an hour, Manny Pacquiao displayed his boxing prowess for one last time.
He reminded us that being the first and only boxer in history to win eight-division world titles is a feat no one has ever done. For awhile we forgot Manny started as a minimum weight fighter at 106 lbs. and raking up different divisions all the way to Middle Weight. And the only boxer in history to win lineal titles in four different weight classes. It takes a special boxer to do that… oh wait it took only a Manny Pacquiao to do that.
Manny Pacquiao delivered the final blow to all his fans and said this might be it. Deep inside we still wanted him to fight. There is still a lot on his tank. Why not Canelo or why not a rematch with Floyd? But why not let Manny enjoy his retirement.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. We will never see another Manny Pacquiao… not in this lifetime.
Finally a great ending, to boxing’s greatest fighter.