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Manny Pacquiao set to hang gloves, For political career after last match

(FILES) In this September 3, 2014 file photo, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao gestures on arrival for a press conference with fellow boxer Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather "the fight of my life" as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in Los Angeles. The eight-division world champion cranked into serious preparations for the May 2 fight after flying in for his training camp from his native Philippines. On March 2, 2015, Pacquiao ran two miles (3.2 km) and shadow-boxed for two rounds, followed by abdominal work and breakfast of steamed rice, scrambled egg, fish and chicken broth. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / FILESFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Filipino boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao, said he would hang up his gloves after fighting Timothy Bradley in April to concentrate on his political career, dousing hopes for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

The winner of an unprecedented eight world titles, who has flirted with the idea of running for president, said he was confident of winning a senate seat in the May elections.

Pacquiao is facing American welterweight Bradley for the third time on April 9, after losing to his biggest rival Mayweather in the sport’s richest fight in May last year.

“I am retiring from boxing to concentrate on my political career. My fight with Timothy Bradley will be my last,” Pacquiao said in an interview in his mansion last Monday.

The 37-year-old Member of Parliament dismissed reports that he would not step away from the sport without a rematch with American Mayweather, who himself retired after beating Pacquiao. “I did not say anything like that. Nobody interviewed me about that. I will retire after my April 9 fight,” he said.

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