Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, has announced his retirement from boxing

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Boxing News: Pacquiao, the Philippines’ senator and eight-division world champion, announced his retirement from the ring on Wednesday. Pacquiao concluded his 26-year, 72-fight career with 62 victories, eight losses, and two draws; he is the first fighter in history to win belts in eight different weight classes.

Manny Pacquiao, the boxing legend, has announced his retirement.

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

“As I put down my boxing gloves, I’d like to thank the entire world, especially the Filipino people, for their support of Manny Pacquiao. Bye-bye, boxing “In a 14-minute video shared on his Facebook page, the 42-year-old remarked. “It’s difficult for me to accept that my career as a boxer has come to an end. I’m announcing my retirement today.”

Pacquiao’s 26-year, 72-fight career ended with 62 victories, 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 divisions.

On August 21, he announced his retirement from boxing after a disappointing loss against Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada. The younger Cuban boxer, who emigrated to the United States in 2010, won a unanimous decision over Pacquiao to retain his WBA welterweight belt. Pacquiao was fighting for the first time in almost two years.

“Thank you for transforming my life,” Pacquiao said in the video. “When my family was destitute, you gave us hope, and you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty.” “I was able to inspire others all across the world because of you. Because of you, I now have the confidence to make a difference in more people’s lives. I’ll never forget what I’ve done and accomplished in my life, which I can’t even fathom. I just heard the final ringing of the bell. The boxing match has concluded.”

Pacquaio has hinted about retirement. It was also expected because he is preparing to enter a larger political arena. Earlier this month, he accepted his political party’s candidacy and stated his intention to run for President of the Philippines in the May 2022 elections.

He has accused President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, a longtime ally, of worsening corruption in the Philippines. He promised to tackle poverty and warned crooked politicians that they would soon be imprisoned.

Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life storey and renowned career have brought honour to his Southeast Asian homeland, where he is known as Pacman, People’s Champ, and National Fist.

As a teenager, he fled his destitute family in the southern Philippines and snuck away aboard a ship destined for Manila. At the age of 16, he made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995, working his way out of terrible 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 practically all of his matches. However, he believes the boxing legend should have retired sooner.

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