Eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao insisted on Monday that he is not a has been or over the hill in his boxing career. Stressing that he is not ready to hand his gloves despite two heartbreaking losses in the ring, Pacquiao told HBO's Max Kellerman he is too young to retire.
"My speed and power are still there ... I believe that I can prove to the people that I can still fight, and that my boxing career is not done yet."
He plans to prove this in his Nov 24 bout in Macau against American boxer Brandon Rios in a welterweight match. Because of his loss to American boxer Timothy Bradley in June 2012 and to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, some boxing enthusiasts had written Manny off, while sports writers has returned the title of pound-for-pound king to Floyd Mayweather Jr who has no losses yet.
"The most important thing is that I want to get back the trust and confidence of the fans ... I have a 100% desire to continue my boxing career. I'm not old. I'm still young," he added.
"My time is not yet over. So this generation is still my generation," the 34-year-old boxer from General Santos City and current representative of Sarangani Province said.
However, Rios had warned the Pacquiao camp not to write him off, saying, "I've got to go in there and I gotta retire you. I've got to retire Manny Pacquiao because I'm the next star."