More fans want Pacquiao to fight again

As usual, there are pros and cons whether Manny Pacquiao will now have to retire or not after his stunning sixth round defeat to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez last Sunday in Las Vegas.

The one punch has definitely changed the aura of one of the greatest boxers on his era and there are suggestions that Pacquiao should now hang up his gloves for good, but there are those who wish that the Gensan bomber should just take a rest first then continue fighting since he still has enough fire in his belly.

Here's what they say:

"I honestly believe he should not. He is still good for a fight or two. This is depending on his medical check up. Marquez won at 39 (years old). No reason why Manny can't win again. He is still young." -Richie Garcia, Philippine Sports Commission chairman

"I believe he should rest from boxing completely for six months. That's the time needed for his jaw to heal well. Now he has a 'glass jaw' and would not like to suffer the same fate of (Ricky) Hatton. After which if he decides to go back to boxing, there should be no distraction and train full time, otherwise just retire and be a full-time politician." -Manny Lopez, former president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines

"Sa tingin ko, di pa siya dapat mag-retire. Kailangan niya pa muna bumangon at makabawi. Pagkatapos nyan, pwede na siya mag-retire. 33 years old lang siya at si Marquez, 39 na pero di pa nagre-retire." -Roel Velasco, PH boxing team coach and 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist

"Manny is still young enough for two more competitive fights!" -Chito Salud, PBA Commissioner

"Yes, pwede na mag-retire. Nakuha na n'ya halos lahat ng championship belts. Kasi kung hindi pa s'ya magre-retire, baka madagdagan pa lang ulit yung record n'ya ng talo." -Paul Lee, Rain or Shine

"We'd love to see him fight because he is truly an inspiration to the nation. But there are serious health repercussions." -Chris Tiu, Rain or Shine

"He should have retired after winning that last title. Maganda yung mag-retire siya while he is ahead. May iba pang bagay na pwede siyang gawin that could make him a legend, too, aside in boxing. In boxing, there will always be somebody better. After this loss, Manny should read the signs and consider these things." - Joey Romasanta, Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president

"I can't answer that with either a yes or a no. What I can say is that, Pacquiao got to choose one among the four activities that he would like to focus on: boxer, politician, pastor or businessman. He cannot have all of them at the same time and say he can give his 100 percent focus on all of them." -Robert Non, PBA Board of Governors Chairman

"It's really time to hang up the gloves. Age is a factor. He has established his name. Icon na siya." -Harry Angping, former Philippine Sports Commission chairman

"I believe that after the kind of loss that he experienced against Marquez, no amount of opinions that we have will prevent him from giving it another one last try. I think he still has it in him to compete to the highest level. His mark in boxing history will never be altered whether he fights again or not." -Bo Perasol, Ateneo coach

"I don't think he's past his prime. He lost because of that one 'lucky' punch. It happens in sports, even in basketball. You thought you're already winning, but your opponent made an impossible last shot. I think he's still good for two more fights to go out as a winner." -Yeng Guiao, Rain or Shine coach

"Para sa akin, hanap na siya ng ibang kalaban tapos na story kay Marquez. Two wins, one loss, one draw." -Pido Jarencio, UST coach

"Yes, because that knockout may be a sign for him to retire. No need to prove anything anymore. He is already a Hall of Famer." -Kevin Alas, Letran Knights

-Kristel Satumbaga, Waylon Galvez, and Jonas Terrado


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