The 36 year-old, who puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against Mayweather’s WBC and WBA versions, was asked straight up by news source ABS-CBN over the weekend if retirement was a possibly and gave the following answer: “It is coming close. We will announce it,” said Pacquiao, who has no rematch clause in the contract if defeated by Mayweather.
Pacquiao also lifted the lid on his bumper paycheck for the HBO and Showtime PPV televised fight and stated that taking $100m, rather than an equal purse split of $125m for the clash, was ultimately the main instigator for sealing the deal.
“If we only thought about our pride, there would not be a fight,” explained Pacquiao. “If we had equal pay, the fight would not have pushed through, so I agreed to it.”
Pacquiao has already begun training for what will be the most lucrative boxing match to ever grace the ring and may well be cashing a sum closer to the $150m mark once all the numbers are crunched and the certain-to-be record-breaking pay-per-view sales are counted.