Bob Arum, veteran boxing promoter and businessman, said that Manny Pacquiao has to retire from boxing, but that should be unless he fights Floyd Mayweather again.
He promoted Pacquiao during his prime years and he wants to see the Filipino Champ quit the sport soon.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has no scheduled fight so far after winning a 12-round bout against Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title last July.
But Arum said he believed Pacquiao, who turns 41 in December, would be risking lasting damage if he extends his career much further.
“Pacquiao, I promoted him for many, many years,” Arum said in an interview with World Boxing News.
He praised Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, for the latter’s exceptional personality.
“He’s an exceptionally good human being, really a fine guy, extraordinarily charitable and a delight.”
The Top Rank promoter also brought up that, with Pacquiao’s age, it will be difficult for him to take the consequences as this will affect him in the future.
“But he’s (almost) 41-years-old. And if you’re 41 you can’t take punishment. You can’t take blows like he did in the Thurman fight,” Arum said.
“Sure, he won that fight – but he took a lot of punishment. That punishment is going to have a serious effect on how he lives the rest of is life.”
Last June, Arum feared that the Filipino icon runs the risk of suffering brain damage if he will pursue fight at the highest level. Despite that, he now believes that Pacquiao should consider a fight with Mayweather before retiring.
In the meantime, Mayweather is enjoying his retirement and recently said that there will be no rematch with Pacquiao.
“If he gets Mayweather, do that fight and retire,” said Arum. “If he doesn’t get Mayweather he should retire. It’s not worth it for him to continue boxing,” he added.