Boxing legend Pacquiao has announced his retirement
The eight-division world champion and Philippines senator Pacquiao has announced his retirement from the ring on Wednesday.
“I want to thank the entire world, especially the Filipino people, for their support of Manny Pacquiao. “Farewell, boxing,” the 42-year-old said in a 14-minute video posted on his Facebook page. “It is difficult for me to accept that my career as a boxer has come to an end. I am announcing my retirement today.”
Pacquiao’s 26-year, 72-fight career ended with 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws. 39 of those 62 victories were by knockout, while the remaining 23 were by decision.
He won 12 world titles and is the only fighter in history to have won titles in all eight weight classes.
On Aug. 21, he announced his retirement from boxing after a disappointing loss to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada.
Pacquiao’s WBA welterweight title was retained by the younger Cuban boxer, who defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision. Pacquiao was fighting for the first time in over two years.
“Thank you for changing my life; when my family was in despair, you gave us hope, and you gave me the opportunity to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao said in the video. “I was able to inspire people all over the world because of you.
Because of you, I now have the confidence to make a difference in more people’s lives.”
Pacquiao recently hinted at retirement. It was also expected because he is preparing to enter a larger political arena.
Earlier this month, he accepted his political party’s nomination and declared his intention to run for president of the Philippines in the May 2022 elections.
He has accused President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, a former ally, of worsening corruption in the Philippines.
He promised to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians that they would soon be imprisoned.
Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story and legendary career have brought honor to his Southeast Asian homeland, where he is known as Pacman, People’s Champ, and National Fist.
As a teenager, he fled his impoverished home in the southern Philippines and stowed away on a ship bound for Manila.
At the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995, fighting his way out of abject poverty to become one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
Pacquiao was Pacquiao’s idol as a boxer, according to Eddie Banaag, a 79-year-old retiree, and he watched almost all of his fights. However, he believes the boxing legend should have retired sooner.
“He should have done that right after his victory over (Keith) Thurman on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas,” Banaag said of Pacquiao’s second-to-last fight. “It would have been preferable if he had ended his boxing career with a victory rather than a defeat.”
Nonetheless, Pacquiao believes he will be remembered as a winner. His career earnings of hundreds of millions of dollars, as well as his track record in the ring, leave no doubt.Canelo Alvarez Fights With Caleb Plant During A Press Conference And Cuts Him With A Punch
Pacquiao said on Wednesday, “I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life.” “I just heard the final ringing of the bell. The boxing match is over.Read on AP