Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing after 26-year career

MANILA, Philippines — Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is formally hanging up his gloves.

The eight-division world champion and Philippines senator on Wednesday introduced his retirement from the ring,

“I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” the 42-year previous mentioned in a 14-minute video posted on his Fb web page. “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.”

Pacquiao completed his 26-year, 72-fight profession with 62 wins, eight losses and two attracts. Of these 62 wins, 39 have been by knockout and 23 by choice. He gained 12 world titles and is the one fighter in historical past to win titles in eight totally different weight lessons.

His retirement from boxing adopted a disheartening defeat to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada on Aug. 21. The youthful Cuban boxer beat Pacquiao by unanimous choice, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Pacquiao’s first combat in additional than two years.

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“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao mentioned within the video. “Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives.”

Pacquaio had hinted at retirement not too long ago. It additionally had been anticipated as a result of he’s setting his sights on a much bigger political battlefield. Earlier this month, he accepted his political social gathering’s nomination and declared that that he’ll run for Philippines president within the Might 2022 elections.

Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Brradley in the welterweight title fight in 2012.
Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Brradley within the welterweight title combat in 2012.
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He has accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his former ally, of constructing corruption worse within the Philippines. He promised to combat poverty and warned corrupt politicians they may quickly find yourself in jail.

Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story and legendary profession introduced honor to his Southeast Asian nation, the place he’s recognized by his monikers Pacman, Folks’s Champ and Nationwide Fist.

He left his impoverished residence within the southern Philippines as a young person and stowed away on a ship certain for Manila. He made his skilled boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995, on the age of 16, combating his manner out of abject poverty to turn into one of many world’s highest-paid athletes.

Manny Pacquiao fights Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout.
Manny Pacquiao fights Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout.
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Eddie Banaag, a 79-year-old retiree, mentioned Pacquiao was his idol as a boxer and he watched nearly all of his fights. However he believes the boxing icon ought to have retired earlier.

“He should have done that right after his victory over (Keith) Thurman,” Banaag mentioned of Pacquiao’s win over Thurman on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao’s second-last combat. “It would have been better if he ended his boxing career with a win rather than a loss.”

Nonetheless, Pacquiao believes he’ll at all times be remembered as a winner. A whole lot of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in profession earnings and his document within the ring go away little question.

“I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life,” Pacquiao mentioned Wednesday. “I simply heard the ultimate bell. The boxing is over. “