So many of our most celebrated fighters seem to be given bonus points towards legacy rating if they step away from life in the ring somewhere near their best. One of the most celebrated fighters of our generation, Manny Pacquiao is taking the much different route towards the end of his career. To most it would be considered similar to that of James Toney, Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson. Having his career blotched with defeats to fighters that will get nowhere near the heights of that of any of the aforementioned fighters. Sadly taking the role of a high level gate keeper for the new wave of World title hopefuls looking to get that big name on their record.

The chances of this happening have a reasonably high probability rate after Manny Pacquiao lost to what you would call a novice in Jeff Horn, especially when compared to Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2). The former Brisbane school teacher was taking part in his first World title fight in just 18 outing as a professional in front of a sell out 52,500 seater SunCorp stadium in Brisbane on July 2nd. It was close fight in my eyes, but Pacquiao looked tired and that explosiveness that has made him so popular with boxing fans on a global level is clearly diminishing, despite some clear success in the fight.

Many would have thought Pacquiao now a senator in the Philippines and at the age of 38 with 69 professional fights under his belt it would be time to hang the gloves up. However Pacquiao’s money problems have forced him to fight on, in fact Manny Pacquiao’s purse’s in recent fights have gone directly to promoter Bob Arum due to Arum financing a way to clear Pacquaio’s debts. An all to familiar story of some of the greats fighting well beyond their athletic peak to clear debt created by poor investments and indulgence.

There is some hope though for the Pacquiao faithful. The best way to avenge a poor defeat is to defeat that fighter as soon as possible in a rematch. Bob Arum told ESNEWS when asked if the rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao would take place? He replied with a firm “Yes”. In a rematch you would probably favour Pacquiao as he did have huge success in the fight and many spoke of Manny underestimating Jeff Horn before the fight. If Manny can overturn the deficit later this he’s in not to bad a shape for 2018, with high profile and impressive victories over Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas after his defeat to Floyd Mayweather. He would also be WBO World Champion once again and the chances of him finishing his distinguished career with dignity could be a lot more likely than at the beginning of the article.

By Adam Noble-Forcey