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How many more fights do you expect to put on in your career? Aside from Mayweather, is there anyone else — Sergio Martinez? Amir Khan? Tim Bradley — who you really want to take on before you retire? You have losses and still excelled in your career. What does a loss mean to you and should they be as devastating to a fighter's career as they have been over the years?
Manny Pacquiao –
I don’t know how many more fights I have left. Perhaps four — enough to take me through 2013. Perhaps more. Right now I still feel good, fast and strong. I made my trainer Freddie Roach promise me he would tell me if he ever saw my abilities decline. He said he would but so far I’m still fighting at the same level I always have and Freddie agrees.
Future opponents? I leave that to my promoter Bob Arum to decide. He and I discuss every future fight. There are a lot of excellent fighters boxing now, but I never look ahead. The only opponent who means anything to me today is Juan Manuel Márquez.
I have had a few losses in my career. They are always disappointments but I choose to make them learning experiences. That would be my advice to any fighter who suffers a loss in the ring. Learn from that experience because if you do the lessons learned to improve will be more valuable than a victory in the ring. The losses I suffered didn’t just make me a better fighter. They made me a better person. Those losses taught me humility and discipline. They made me a better student. I have never dwelled on a loss but I have built myself up from them.
Episode #3 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez” premieres Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes #1 and #2 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas
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