MANILA, Philippines (WNN) – Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves.
The eight-division world champion and senator from the Philippines announced his retirement from the ring on Wednesday,
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I want to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” the 42-year-old posted on his Facebook page in the 14-minute video I said. “It is hard for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.”
Pacquiao ended his 26-year, 72-fight career with 62 wins, eight losses and two draws. Of those 62 victories, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision. He won 12 world titles and is the only fighter in history to win titles in eight different weight categories.
Yordenis Ugaso suffered a disappointing loss after his retirement from boxing August 21 in Paradise, Nevada. The young Cuban boxer, who moved to the United States in 2010, defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Pacquiao’s first battle in more than two years.
“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was in despair, you gave us hope, you gave me a chance to get out of poverty,” Pacquiao said in the video. “Because of you, I was able to inspire people around the world. Because of you, I have got the courage to change more lives. I can never forget what I have done and achieved in my life that I can imagine.” Can’t even. I just heard the last bell. Boxing is over.”
Pacquiao had recently hinted at retirement. This was also to be expected as he is setting his eyes on a bigger political battlefield. Earlier this month, he accepted his political party’s nomination and announced that he would run for President of the Philippines in the May 2022 elections.
He has accused the administration of his former ally, President Rodrigo Duterte, of worsening corruption in the Philippines. He promised to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians that they would soon end up in jail.
Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story and legendary career Brought respect to his Southeast Asian nation, where he is known by his nicknames Pacman, People’s Champ and National Fist.
He left his poor home in the southern Philippines as a teenager and boarded a ship bound for Manila. He debuted in professional boxing in 1995 at the age of 16 as a junior flyweight, struggling to break out of abject poverty to become one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Retired Eddie Banag, 79, said Pacquiao was his idol as a boxer and watched almost all of his fights. But he believes that the boxing icon should have retired earlier.
“He (Keith) should have done this right after his win over Thurman,” Banag said of Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman at Pacquiao’s second-last fight in Las Vegas on July 20, 2019. “It would have been better if he had ended his boxing career with a win rather than a defeat.”
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