MANILA — The Philippine boxing nice Manny Pacquiao introduced his retirement on Wednesday, a month after he lost to the Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas in a title bout in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, 42, led a spectacular 26-year profession that noticed him win world titles in a file eight weight courses. He’ll finish his profession with a file of 62 wins, 8 losses and a pair of attracts, with 39 of these victories coming by knockout. Pacquiao, one in all boxing’s greatest attracts for the reason that 2000s, was attempting to turn out to be the primary boxer to win a title combat in 4 completely different a long time in his match towards Ugas.
Pacquiao, who made his professional debut in 1995, holds a seat within the Philippine Senate and lately introduced a bid for the presidency. As a politician, he has overtly feuded with the nation’s present president, Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year time period ends subsequent yr.
“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over,” Pacquiao mentioned in a 15-minute video on his Fb web page. “Today I am announcing my retirement.”
“I never thought that this day would come. 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,” he mentioned.
Pacquiao, who mentioned in 2016 he was considering retiring from boxing however returned later that yr, additionally thanked his longtime supervisor, Rod Nazario, who organized Pacquiao’s first worldwide combat in america 20 years in the past and launched him to Freddie Roach, who would coach Pacquiao as he boxed his strategy to stardom.
“Freddie Roach was not only my trainer, but also my family, a brother and a friend,” he mentioned.
“Who would have thought that Manny Pacquiao will end up with 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions?” Pacquiao requested. “Even me, I’m amazed by what I’ve done.”
Pacquiao is the Philippines’ best-known athlete, which can assist him in his presidential bid. The Philippine Structure prohibits Duterte from in search of a second time period. To get round that, he has as an alternative mentioned he would run for the vice presidency.
Duterte’s get together is anticipated to endorse his longtime aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, because the presidential candidate. If each males have been to win, analysts say, Go might resign to permit Duterte to step in as chief, or he might stay and let Duterte rule by proxy.