After Juan Manuel Marquez delivered the punch that sent Manny Pacquiao to the canvas head first on Saturday, Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, frantically tried to climb into the ring.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen him like that, lying on the canvas, and I was scared,” Jinkee told USA Today.
That incident apparently has shaken her up so much that she wants her husband stop fighting.
“I know he is still [capable] of fighting, but for me there is nothing to prove,” Jinkee told the newspaper. “He already has eight belts. He can retire — stop — at anytime.
“I want him to stop now. But he is the one who has the last say. Boxers risk their lives; [some] end up in wheelchairs. I don’t want that to happen to Manny.”
Pacquiao, who is a congressman in the Philippines, has fought for 17 years and has a record of 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts.
Pacquiao received a contract extension with promoter Top Rank in October that lasts through the end of 2014.