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,
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” the 42-year outdated mentioned in a 14-minute video posted on his Fb web page.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 had been by knockout and 23 by resolution. He gained 12 world titles.
His retirement from boxing adopted a disheartening defeat to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada on Aug. 21. The youthful Cuban boxer, who defected to america in 2010, beat Pacquiao by unanimous resolution, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Pacquiao’s first combat in additional than two years.
“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. “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 alter extra lives. I’ll always remember what I’ve achieved and achieved in my life that I can’t think about. I simply heard the ultimate bell. The boxing is over. “
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.
He has accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his formal ally, of constructing corruption worse within the Philippines. He promised to combat poverty and warned corrupt politicians they are going to quickly finish in jail.
Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story and legendary profession — he’s the one fighter in historical past to win titles in eight totally different weight lessons — has 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 house within the southern Philippines as a teen and stowed away on a ship sure for Manila. He made his skilled boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995, on the age of 16, preventing his approach out of abject poverty to grow to be one of many world’s highest paid athletes.