BY ROGER THE HECKLER
There are two other major reasons, other than the Lord, why Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is planning to retire from boxing.
One, he wants to pursue a poliitical career and is running for Governor in his province of Sarangani, which he currently represents in the Philippine Congress, in the 2013 elections.
Two, crooked taxmen from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) are running after his billions.
Manny said he had been told by God in a dream to retire soon.
He has publicly mapped out his political plans for the future, and may throw away his boxing gloves to dedicate part of his life to serve his Sarangani constituents as their governor.
But his biggest reason for retiring from boxing could be the BIR, which is accusing him of evading tax payments.
Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, said that he had decided to give up all his vices after the dream about the Lord telling him to replace his gloves with a Bible.
“I will not stay long in boxing because he said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful,’” said a serious-looking Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in as many weight divisions.
Pacquiao, 33, said he had the dream earlier this year but declined to reveal how many more fights he would contest before stepping down.
But when asked if his new-found religious fervour would hurt his boxing, Pacquiao replied: “I will do my work inside the ring.”
The boxer, who has translated his sports fame into huge riches, a showbiz career and election to parliament, said he believed he had been chosen by God to use his fame to spread the Christian message.
“When I speak, a lot of people listen,” he said.
He said he would make a major announcement on a religious note soon.