Manny Pacquiao told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that he will retire in three years.
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO's), who turns 40 on Dec. 17, is scheduled to defend his WBA "Regular" welterweight title on January 19 against former titleholder Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
When asked if he would retire with another loss, boxing's only eight-division world champion shrugged it off, confident that he will be victorious over Cincinnati's Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO's).
In recent years, Pacquiao has taken up other avenues. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 when he was still in his prime. Pacquiao served until 2016 before being elected to the Senate, a position he still retains. Moreover, Pacquiao played in 10 games over three seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association and recently started playing in the UNTV Cup, a men's charity league organized in the Philippines. On September 3, Pacquiao scored 14 points in a winning effort for his debut with the Senate Defenders.
Pacquiao's last fight was on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he scored a seventh-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA title.
Pacquiao has hung up his gloves once before, but not for very long. He retired after dropping former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. twice en-route to a unanimous decision victory in an April 2016 trilogy matchup. However, the fight did turn out to be the last one for Bradley, who officially retired on Aug. 6, 2017. The "Pacman" returned less than seven months after beating Bradley to face former titlist Jessie Vargas, who he also outpointed.