Twelve days have elapsed since a left hook felled Manny Pacquiao and condemned him to two straight defeats for the first time in his fight career. That it was against his great foe Juan Manuel Marquez will only have made it worse and the shattering victories over the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton now feel a world away.
“Pac-Man” has made it be known that he will fight on and we must remember that his loss to Timothy Bradley was hotly disputed and should have gone the way of the Filipino fighter. All that said there are serious doubts about whether the part-time politician should go on or quit the fight game for good and become a full-time politician. It’s a conundrum that we wanted to know the answer to and accordingly we asked our readers Should Manny Pacquiao retire?
Unlike recent polls this one wasn’t a close run thing with 36 percent of you answering No.
That meant 64 percent trumped for Yes and it means the majority thinks he should retire from the fight game.
If he does retire there is of course every chance he’ll try to come back and that isn’t advised in this so brutal of sports. Hatton – one of his past opponents – tried to do the very same last month and was comprehensively beaten by someone he would have destroyed were he still at his peak. Pac-Man may still be looking to fight Floyd Mayweather and if he gets back on the winning trail then it’s a real possibility. With Pac-Man receding slightly and Mayweather still very much in form as a boxer it could be embarrassing for Pac-Man were he to take the fight though.
For this week’s poll, we look at one of Europe’s most uncertain gambling markets – in Germany – and ask whether Schleswig Holstein, the state that famously went out on its own, will join the State Treaty or stay as a separate state as far as gambling is concerned.