29 September (WNN) — Boxing great Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement early Wednesday, ending one of the most successful stints in the sport.
“Boxing has always been my passion,” Pacquiao said in a video posted on his social media platform. “I was given the opportunity to represent the Philippines, bringing fame and respect to my country every time I entered the ring.
“I am grateful for all my achievements and the opportunity to inspire fans.”
42-year-old Pacquiao made his boxing debut on January 22, 1995. He posted 62 wins, eight losses, two draws and 39 knockouts. He won 12 world titles.
In their last fight on August 21 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision.
He thanked fans, the media, his family, coaches and training staff in a 15-minute video posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“Me too, I’m amazed at what I’ve done,” Pacquiao said. “Becoming the only boxer to hold a world title in four different decades and the oldest boxer to win a world welterweight title, an amazing feat.”
Pacquiao won the title in a record eight weight categories. He now holds a seat in the Philippine Senate and plans to run for the presidency in his native country in 2022.
“It’s hard for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over,” Pacquiao said. “Today, I am announcing my retirement.
“I never thought this day would come. As I hang up my boxing gloves, I want to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao.”