Jinkee: It's time for Manny to retire

MANILA, Philippines - Jinkee Pacquiao is stepping down as vice governor of Sarangani next year and is hoping that Manny Pacquiao will retire from boxing.

"My prayer is for Manny to retire. He should retire," said Jinkee upon their arrival from Los Angeles yesterday morning.

Jinkee believes that Pacquiao, who's turning 37 in December, has nothing more to prove in his 20 years as a professional boxer.

He's the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, and has already brought so much pride and honor to the country.

Despite the bitter loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. May 2 in Las Vegas, Jinkee said her husband can leave the sport with his head held high.

"Wala na siya dapat patunayan. He has accomplished everything," Jinkee told The STAR in a recent interview.

Yesterday, at the NAIA Terminal 2, Jinkee told GMA News that she's stepping down as vice governor of her province, a post she has held since 2013.

"I'm thinking of my family now. At least I've experienced how it is being a politician," she said.

Jinkee said life in politics is difficult one.

"Mahirap," she said.

"And magastos (It's costly)," added Jinkee, who plans to spend more time with their five children - Emmanuel, Michael, Princess, Queenie and Israel.

But she's hoping that Pacquiao retires from boxing as well.

Jinkee is not against Pacquiao moving on as a politician, and help the people, especially the poor, as long as he quits boxing.

"That's my stand. I want Manny to retire from boxing. That's what I told him after the fight with Mayweather," she said.

"And I've been praying for that. I want a simple life," she said, adding that the injury Pacquiao sustained in his latest fight could be a sign.

"Maybe it's a message for him na magpahinga na (to take a break). He's not getting any younger. It's the first time he had a surgery - in his whole life," she said.

Jinkee is also thinking about the safety of her husband, who'd been to 65 professional fights.

"I really wish Manny retires," she said.

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