Manny Pacquiao has introduced his retirement from boxing.
In a video launched Tuesday, Pacquiao, 42, listed a few of his best accomplishments – 12 world titles in eight divisions – and supplied a poignant goodbye to a sport during which he electrified followers whereas amassing a file of 62-8-2.
“It’s tough for me to just accept that my time as a boxer is over,’’ Pacquiao mentioned. “…I by no means thought today would come.’’
Pacquiao, considered one of 12 Senators within the Philippines, introduced final week his candidacy for subsequent yr’s presidential elections. However he had not dominated out preventing once more till Wednesday.
“Goodbye, boxing,’’ Pacquiao mentioned. “Thanks for altering my life when my household was determined. You gave us hope. You gave me the possibility to battle our manner out of poverty. Due to you, I used to be in a position to encourage individuals everywhere in the world. Due to you, I’ve been given the braveness to vary extra lives.’’
His most up-to-date battle doubtless helped Pacquiao concentrate on politics. On Aug. 21, he misplaced a unanimous choice to Yordenis Ugas regardless of coming into the battle as a big betting favourite.
The defeat was his second in his final 5 fights.
Towards Ugas, Pacquiao didn’t seem like the fighter who had overwhelmed the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton amongst different notable opponents.
Within the video, Pacquiao acknowledged a litany of individuals, together with his household, his trainers and those that cheered him on.
“To the boxing followers everywhere in the world,’’ he mentioned. “thanks very a lot.’’