Time for Manny Pacquiao to Retire?



Posted by Ed 35 days ago
Muhammad Ali boxed professionally from 1960, when he outscored a journeyman (and police officer) named Tunney Hunsaker, until 1981, when Ali, damaged and diminished, was beaten, in the Bahamas, by Trevor Berbick. Everyone now agrees that Ali fought too long, but not everyone can agree on how much too long.
Perhaps he should have retired in 1975, after beating Joe Frazier in “The Thrilla in Manila.” Or in 1974, after beating George Foreman in “The Rumble in the Jungle.” Or in 1973, after getting his revenge against Ken Norton, who had broken his jaw earlier in the year.
Thomas Hauser, a boxing historian, sometimes wonders whether Ali should have retired even earlier—during the three years, from 1967 to 1970, when Ali was effectively banned from boxing because of his refusal to join the military.
“Suppose he had never come back,” Hauser told me, in a recent conversation. “We would have been deprived of all those fights, but Muhammad Ali would still be healthy today, and he would be this gleaming symbol of an absolutely unconquerable fighter.”
 Manny Pacquiao is probably the modern boxer most often compared to Ali: an exciting and popular fighter who is now forty, and who has entered the part of his career during which fans can’t decide whether they want to see him retire, watch him fight, or both.


Ed 35 days ago

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