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Boxing | International

Manny Pacquiao (R) and Jinkee Pacquiao © Reuters

Manny vows to fight again



Manny Pacquiao has returned to the Philippines, saying he will fight again.

Arriving in Manila after his knockout defeat in a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao said he would continue boxing, despite some members of his family imploring him to retire.

Pacquiao told supporters: "We will rise again … there will be future fights."

He said he would rest for five months before going back to the ring.

Government officials and fans carrying signs saying "you're still our greatest champion and hero" welcomed Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee at the airport.

Pacquiao, who was knocked out by Mexico's Marquez in the sixth round in Las Vegas last weekend, is scheduled to attend a concert for his fans later in the day.

Earlier, former welterweight and light-weight champion Ricky Hatton said Manny Pacquiao should now retire from boxing.

SAPA-AFP reports that the Briton was knocked out by Pacquiao in May 2009 in what was his second loss as a professional. He retired for a second time last month.

"The only advice I could give Manny Pacquiao is that his legacy is already secured," Hatton, 34, said during a visit to Hong Kong, where he is hoping to unearth Chinese boxing talent in his role as a promoter.

"The thing is with us boxers is that there is always one more fight," said Hatton, who was knocked out in a failed return to the ring in November.

"What is Manny going to achieve by having one more fight? Probably nothing. He's an eight-weight world champion. There's nothing more to be said.

"You'd like to see him go into retirement and spend some time with his family and be happy. He can't do any more from a boxing point of view."

Pacquiao, who turns 34 next week, is under intense pressure to hang up his gloves after he was knocked out cold by Marquez in Las Vegas last Saturday.

Hatton, who was defeated by Vyacheslav Senchenko in his return, was adamant that he would not be making another comeback.

"I won't be fighting again," he said. "I got what I wanted from my comeback even though it ended in a defeat. I needed to find out if I still had it. I haven't got it, and I can move on now."



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