Tomorrow will mark the one week anniversary of Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out cold for the first time since bursting onto the boxing scene and becoming the next great boxer of this generation. But while analysts are saying the knockout last Saturday at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez wasn’t a career ending blow for Pacquiao, his wife is singing a very different tune.
Jinkee Pacquiao came forward this week and said that she feels her husband’s boxing career is over and he has nothing more to prove to the world or the fighting community. She also said that when she watch her husband get dropped to the canvas, it was the first time in his boxing career that she was frightened for her husband.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen him like that, lying on the canvas, and I was scared,” she told USA Today Sports.”Boxers risk their lives; (some) end up in wheelchairs. I don’t want that to happen to Manny.”
Even Pacquiao himself said he was caught off guard by what he said was a knockout punch he never saw coming. But for the married couple, it’s still not time to look past the blow. Rather it’s time to be introspective about it and use it as a deciding factor as to whether or not we saw the last of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday.
The chances that what we saw on Saturday was Pacquiao’s last fight, are pretty slim. Competitors hate to lose, and there’s really no other competitive sport like boxing where you are quite literally in a fight for your life. We will probably see at least one or two fights from Pacquiao before he calls it a career as Saturday is hardly the way Pacquiao wanted to leave the ring.
And it’s not just Pacquiao. Every fighter, both good and bad, want to leave the ring the winner. The extends to all sports as well, you want to go out on top or at the very least, standing.
But while the world may want to see Pacquiao in the ring one more time, that fight doesn’t begin with a trainer, it begins with his wife.
“I know he is still (capable) of fighting, but for me there is nothing to prove,” Jinkee Pacquiao told USA Today Sports. “He already has eight (title) belts. He can retire — stop — at any time. I want him to stop now. But he is the one who has the last say.”