Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves. The eight-division world champion and Philippine senator has announced his retirement from the sport in a recent 14-minute video posted to the athlete’s Facebook page.
“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. It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.”
The retirement video continues with Pacquiao stating, “Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over.”
In 26 years, Pacquiao has had a 72-fight career, recording 62 victories, eight losses, and two draws. Out of the 62 wins, the boxer won 39 by knockout and 23 by decision and throughout his career, he has won a total of 12 world titles. Pacquiao also made headlines earlier this month for declaring his run for president in the 2022 Philippine elections. Having accepted his political party’s nomination, it is likely that his focus post-retirement will be on politics