Fenech urges Pacquiao to retire
THERE was plenty of fight left in the Manny Pacquiao camp after the Suncorp superbout, with his trainer demanding an inquiry into the judges' scoring.
But as Pacquiao trudged wearily past Jeff Fenech inside the boxing ring where his legend had just been bruised forever by a rampaging Jeff Horn, Australia's great former champion wondered how much fight was left in the 38-year-old boxer.
Pacquiao was heading towards the ropes to climb out of a mess he had gotten himself into when he underestimated the power and passion of Brisbane's Fighting Schoolteacher.
The now former world welterweight champion was bleeding from both sides of his scalp from repeated head clashes and he had the look of a broken man.
Fenech stopped him for a second, threw his arms around the little Filipino firecracker and kissed him lightly on the cheek.
"You were one of the greatest of all time Manny, don't ever forget that,” Fenech said.
As Pacquiao climbed out of the ring, Fenech wondered if he would ever fight again, whether a man who has made more than $670 million from boxing and is a Filipino senator really wants to go through all that pain and suffering once more in a November rematch with Horn at Suncorp Stadium.
"If they let Manny fight again, that's stupid,” Fenech said. "He should go relax and enjoy the money he has made. He's got nothing to prove. Retire.
"Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he'd not been before, he made it a bit dirty.
Horn had a brilliant corner team behind him, trainer Glenn Rushton, cutman Stephen Edwards, Horn's brother Ben, fitness guru Dundee Kim and rising fight stars Joe Goodall, Sam Banney and Adam Copland. They kept telling him he was in front.
He now plans to unify the championship with challenges against top American welterweights.
But Pacquiao's angry trainer Freddie Roach has called for an investigation into the scoring of judge Waleska Roldan.
She scored the bout 117-111 to Horn, giving Pacquiao only three of the 12 rounds.
According to CompuBox, Pacquiao landed many more punches through the fight, 182 to 92. Judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan both scored the bout 115-113 in favour of Horn.
Roach said he would consider advising Pacquiao to retire.
"I'm going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it,” Roach said.