Manny Pacquiao has revealed how he was inspired to return to professional boxing after watching the world title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook.
The 37-year-old last fought in April of this year against Timothy Bradley, winning his rematch with the American on points. The Filipino initially retired from the sport after that fight, but is now just days away from his 67th professional fight, of which he has so far won 58.
On Saturday night, Pacquiao will return to the ring to fight another American, Jessie Vargas, in an attempt to regain the WBO Welterweight title.
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Many expected Pacquiao to retire in May 2015 after losing what the media described as the “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a unanimous decision, but that was not the case, and this will be his second bout since that famous defeat.
Pacquiao has now revealed that watching Gennady Golovkin’s fifth round victory over Britain’s Kell Brook gave him motivation to return to the ring.
“I happened to see Triple G fighting Brook and suddenly I feel lonely. Sad,” Pacquiao said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I find myself thinking that I’m no longer doing the sport I love. I know I still have the speed, the power and the hunger and I am asking myself: ‘why didn’t I continue?’
“I don’t normally watch other fights. But for some reason I did this time. I am thinking I know what Brook should be doing to have a big chance. Countering instead of taking on a big hitter. Golovkin is bigger, stronger. He is not only a powerful puncher but he is heavy handed.
“There is a difference. A heavy-handed opponent can hurt even if he doesn’t land clean. However they hit you, it makes you think. I’m fighting this fight in my mind. And I’m hooked, again. In that moment my decision to come back is made.”
Pacquiao started his professional boxing career way back in 1995, defeating Edmund Enting Ignacio by unanimous decision.
Nearly one year after that fight, the Filipino suffered his first defeat in the ring, losing to Rustico Torrecampo by knockout. The defeat left him with a record of 11-1.
However, he'd then have to wait three years until he suffered defeat again, this time losing to Medgoen Singsurat.
Fast forward 17 years, and he's only lost four more fights since that defeat to Singsurat.