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Pacquiao says God wants him to retire, vows to stop gambling, womanizing

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WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao says that he is being encouraged by God to retire and has vowed to  eliminate his gambling and womanizing vices, according to reports cited by Yahoo!Sports.

“I will not stay long in boxing because He said, ‘you have done enough,” Pacquiao, a devout Roman Catholic, told a Filiipino radio station. “[God said] ‘You have made yourself famous, but it is harmful.’”

The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) also told the morning show Rated Korina on ABS-CBN that he no longer gambles and that he’s done with womanizing.

Pacquiao will defend his title against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It remains unclear whether or not Pacquiao intends to ever face WBC welterweight titteholder Floyd Mayweather Jr., with whom negotiations for a megabout have twice failed over the notion of drug testing.

Pacquiao has an ongoing lawsuit against Mayweather accusing him of defamation, charging that the fighter has continued to insinuate publicly that Pacquiao’s success over eight weight classes is the result of having used performance-enhancing drugs.

Mayweather will rise in weight to face WBA junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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