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Pacquiao 'to retire' after Bradley fight

January 05, 2016 13:45 IST

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IMAGE: May 3, 2015: Manny Pacquiao gestures to the crowd after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he would end his legendary career after fighting Timothy Bradley in April to concentrate on his political career, dousing hopes for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

"I am retiring from boxing to concentrate on my political career. My fight with Timothy Bradley will be my last," Pacquiao said in an interview in his mansion late Monday.

The 37-year-old member of parliament dismissed reports that he would not step away from the sport without a rematch with American Mayweather, who himself retired after beating Pacquiao.

"I did not say anything like that. Nobody interviewed me about that. I will retire after my April 9 fight," he clarified. 

Pacquiao is facing American welterweight Bradley for the third time on April 9, after losing to his biggest rival Mayweather in the sport's richest fight in May last year.

Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision to his brash arch-rival Mayweather, whom he fought with a torn rotator cuff that later required surgery.

The winner of an unprecedented eight world titles, who has flirted with the idea of running for president, said he was confident of winning a senate seat in the May elections.

The Filipino has won 57 fights, including 38 knockouts, lost six and had two draws in a professional career spanning more than 20 years after being raised in poverty.

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said he would end his legendary career after fighting Timothy Bradley in April to concentrate on his political career, dousing hopes for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

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