Boxing - Low-key return as injured Pacquiao says retirement 'near'

Pacquiao had shoulder surgery on May 7 from an injury sustained in his defeat against Floyd Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas five days earlier (AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe) (AFP/File)

- Manny Pacquiao made a low-key return to the Philippines on Wednesday after losing his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather and said retirement was drawing closer as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Few signs of Pacquiao's early-morning arrival were visible at Manila airport, and he was later welcomed by modest crowds as he paraded the capital on the back of a flatbed truck. It was very different from previous joyous homecomings for the eight-weight world champion and congressman, whose fights bring the Southeast Asian country to a standstill. A smiling Pacquiao, his right arm supported by a black sling, told reporters he hadn't yet decided on his future after his May 2 defeat. "I will focus first on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or announcing retirement," Pacquiao said. "I'm not saying I am going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December."

AFP