President Benigno Aquino III smiles after receiving a jacket from boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in 2010. gMalacaaang File Photo/Marcelino Pascua/PCOO-NIB
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III wants Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to hang up his gloves after he defeats American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Speaking to the Philippine media delagation in Malaysia on Tuesday, Aquino advised the Saranggani lawmaker to retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Aquino said “continued fighting in the ring does not promote good health.”
“He has done so much already for our country and parang tayo naman siguro dapat may malasakit din tayo sa kanya na imbes na buyuin mo nang buyuin hanggang… ‘di ba maganda na ‘yung ikaw ang umayaw. May naipon ka na, may naitabi ka na ma-enjoy mo naman sana ‘yon,” Aquino said.
As Pacquiao’s fan, Aquino advised the eight-division champion not to pursue “unnecessary risks” after fighting the undefeated Mayweather.
Aquino said Pacquiao’s win against Mayweather on Sunday will already be his “crowning glory.”
“Pagkatapos ‘non, ‘yung [mga] batang anak niya makasigurado na nandiyan na ang tatay [nila]. ‘Yung asawa niya, mga nagmamahal sa kanya masabing matagal pa [silang] magsasama,” Aquino said.
The President said he will only watch the delayed telecast of the so-called “Fight of the Century” this weekend.
“I’m very confident that he will do our countrymen proud as he has always done,” Aquino said.