Manny Pacquiao set to retire in 2013

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has four fights left in his career after announcing his intention to promoter Bob Arum and the boxing public some time ago.

The Filipino Congressman plans to have two fights a year until he retires at the age of 35 in 2013 and made that clear before recent reports of an impending retirement and without saying anything to the contrary since.

Pacquaio, 32, fought a close fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in November following a win over Shane Mosley to complete his two bouts in 2011. He now fights Timothy Bradley in June and should also fight again in November, possibly against Marquez once more to leave him with two contests remaining going into his final year.

Bob Arum outlined the Filipino’s plans months before the recent scaremongering talk that continues to dominate the headlines and Pacquiao will still have four more bouts before his steps away from his glittering boxing career.

It means a potential super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr has three windows of opportunity to be made, two if a fourth instalment with Marquez comes off and that would make the build-up to a potential Mayweather bout in 2013 all the more intense.

Mayweather, 35, is back in the ring in May to face WBA light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and a unfication match-up with Pacquiao could most-likely happen next summer if terms can be agreed by the end of the year.