Boxing: Manny Pacquiao bows out in style


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Manny Pacquiao insists he still plans to retire after he recorded an emphatic points victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.

The Filipino looked like his former self in Las Vegas as his quick combinations and fast feet proved too much for Bradley in their third fight in six years.

Pacquiao lost their first fight in controversial fashion in 2012 before avenging it two years later. He returned to the ring this weekend for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather last May.

The 37-year-old had shoulder surgery and looked in good condition as he floored Bradley on two occasions. Although his long wait for a knockout continued, Pacquiao’s pace gave Bradley no chance on what was a disappointing night for the American.

All three judges ringside at the MGM Grand Arena scored the fight 116-110 in Pacman’s favour but Pacquiao is adamant he will now hang the gloves up.

Saturday’s bout was the 66th of his 21-year career and he insists his political aspirations are now his main focus.

Pacquiao told reporters: “Bradley is a good boxer, he’s a champion, he’s a man. It was not easy tonight.

“I’ve made a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this. Maybe I enjoy being a retired man, serving the people, helping the people.

“Thank you to all the fans in boxing, especially the Filipino people.
I’ve really appreciated all your help and support.”

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