Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s comments hinting at his retirement from boxing has gone largely undetected by Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is enjoying a vacation with his family in the United States.
“Wala pang reaksyon si Manny. Nagbabakasyon pa siya [Manny is yet to comment on the issue. He's still on vacation.],” said Pacquiao’s chief of staff Jake Joson to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, adding, “Let’s just leave everything to [Bob] Arum.”
Mayweather said in his video interview for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he’ll be taking couple of years off the ring.
“I want to devote my time in my boxing gym and just give back to the homeless,” said Mayweather in his interview.
In an ABS-CBN report, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is not buying what Mayweather had said and believes that he “was just babbling.”
“You never know with Floyd. Sometimes he just talks for the sake of talking. If Floyd plans to take a year or two off, we should be seeing a formal press release soon,” Arum said as quoted by boxingscene.com.
“Nagpapataas presyo lang si Mayweather [Mayweather just wants to get a higher percentage in his purse],” added Joson in his phone interview with Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
But if ever the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout will not push through, Joson has this to say, “Kilala naman natin si Manny na as a boxer kahit sino lalabanan nya [As a boxer, Manny will fight anyone].”
A possible rematch between Pacquiao and new WBA super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who finished off Yuri Foreman at the Yankee Stadium, is Arum’s Plan B according to a Philstar.com report.
Pacquiao will be back in the Philippines on June 14 to prepare for his legislative duties as representative of the lone-district of Sarangani, said Joson.