Resist the temptation, fight the urge.
Do not shoot the medical messengers even though neither one has ever examined or perhaps even met Manny Pacquiao, the idol of their nation.
My reference is to Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, and to Dr. Raquel Fortun, billed only as a forensics expert from Pacquiao's beloved homeland.
Give both doctors the benefit of the doubt. Let's assume they wish Pacman well in their long distance observations of the possible medical risks if he keeps fighting.
I don't hear promoter Bob Arum blasting either one and how could he when he has arranged for Pacquiao to get a checkup from the neck up at a highly specialized neurology branch of the famed Cleveland Clinic (in Las Vegas)?
My thought is that Pacquiao needs to set a ring retirement date for reasons beyond the concerns for his physical health and well being.
It's the cumulative effect of taking punches (and so often sparring is overlooked in this regard) that leaves aging fighters visibly brain damaged.
So let's not exaggerate the damage caused by Juan Manuel Marquez's spectacular one punch KO.
What are the other reasons for Pacman to set a retirement date?
1. Quitting boxing will enhance his political ambitions. Certain segments of society will take him more seriously if he makes political office his full-time career.
2. Pacquiao's family is set for life for generations if the money is handled properly. Pacquiao took up boxing when he was sleeping on the sidewalk and now he is a Manny of Many Mansions.
3. To make wife Jinkee and Pacmom happy.
If Pacquiao gets a clean bill of health from the neurologists in Vegas, I say he should limit himself to either one or two bouts, no more.
Bring on Chapter Five with Juan Ma in September and, if Pacman wins it comfortably, then make one final effort to make the Floyd Mayweather still Super Bout. If Money ducks and dodges, pack it in, Pacman.
Manny knows the end is near.
But rare is the superstar fighter who gets out too soon and common are those who stay in harm's way too long.
Dr. Jimenez and Dr. Fortun might be early with their concern but they are not wrong.