Manny Pacquiao's trainer says the Filipino boxer will contemplate retirement if he fails to perform well against Brandon Rios this month.
Freddie Roach said if the Rios fight ''does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement,'' but he added Pacquiao was training as well the Nov. 24 bout in Macau.
Pacquiao is coming off successive defeats against Timothy Bradley in a much-criticized judges' decision, and a knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.
Another defeat would put his career at the crossroads, and while Roach said performance levels were more important than results, he acknowledged serious thought would have to be given to the future of ''Pac-man'' if he does not return to his best in Macau.
Pacquiao is juggling his boxing career with responsibilities as a Philippines congressman and other outside interests.
''It's really hard to say until we see the fight, but I will be the first one to tell him to retire,'' Roach said in a teleconference on Wednesday....