The time has finally come to lower the curtain on a 21-year professional boxing career for Manny Pacquiao.
He announced the decision after easily out-boxing Tim Bradley in a fight staged in Las Vegas. It was his first fight since losing to Floyd Mayweather last year.
Pacquiao had no trouble with Bradley, scoring two knockdowns en route to a unanimous judges’ decision.
At the age of 37, Pacquiao insists that he is done with boxing and that 66 fights is more than adequate for a career.
He is moving on from a lifestyle of direct confrontation to a career where instead of leather gloves to the face and body, it will be the disguised knives to the back of a political career in the Philippine Senate.
The fight with Bradley took on the appearance of a defensive, tactical battle on the part of Bradley in the early rounds with Pacquiao taking the role of aggressor and stalking Bradley around the ring.
Bradley’s cautious strategy appeared to be working until late in the fifth round when Pacquiao scored heavily and often with a series of combinations.
Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas for the second time in the ninth round, and then cruised through the final three rounds for a comfortable 116 – 110 victory on all three judges’ scorecards.