Manny Pacquiao thinks he will have two or three years left in the boxing ring, but he maintains the hope of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr before his career is over.

The Filipino fighter has lost his last two bouts, and after losing to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, some in the media have encouraged him to retire.

But the 34-year-old is keen to get back in the ring,  and he is in high spirits ahead of his Welterweight contest with 27-year-old American Brandon Rios in Macau in November.

The WBO welterweight champion told reporters in Singapore on Friday while promoting the fight: “Great opportunity for me to give a good show for the people, to get back my name into the top of boxing.

"Brandon Rios is a good boxer, tough opponent and I believe we can give a good fight. 

"Especially his style and my style it is very good to fight each other, we can create a lot of action in the ring."

Pacquiao remains determined to become the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter again.

He has trained every day since his defeat to Marquez and his commitment to the sport is as strong as ever.

"I'm not really sure (how many fights left) as long as I can still fight I can fight," he added. 

"In my mind right now, maybe I can still fight maybe two to three years from now.

"I tell you frankly, honestly in myself I can still fight and I feel strong. 

"If there is something wrong in my body or something wrong in my boxing skill I have to think about that and think about retirement.

"But since I lost the last fight, I never feel something in my body, I still feel strong and I can still fight."

His record of 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts remains impressive, but defeat to Rios would almost end any chance of facing Mayweather in the ring, and his trainer Freddie Roach will even try to persuade him to retire should that happen.

“I’ve said that if Manny were to get knocked out in November, I’d tell him to quit,” he told the China Post.

“But to put it bluntly, there’s no way Rios should beat him. None whatsoever.”

Rios has a record of 31-1-1, and his purse of $3m from the fight will be the highest of his career so far.

 

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