Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao also officially announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the sport as he plans to run for president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections.
In a video on social media, the eight2-year-old eight-division world champion said “goodbye boxing” when he thanked the whole world and the Filipino people for supporting him throughout his career.
“I just heard the last bell. Boxing is over, ”Pacquiao said. “It simply came to our notice then. Follow your dreams, work hard and see what happens. “
For the greatest fans in the world and the greatest sport, thank you! Thanks for all the wonderful memories. This is my hardest decision, but I am at peace with it. Follow your dreams, work hard and see what happens. Good bye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA
– Manny Pacquiao (anMannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021
The world boxing icon, who is a Philippine senator and has divided his time between politics and boxing, announced his candidacy for the presidency earlier this month.
Pacquiao has also accused the administration of his former ally President Rodrigo Duterte of exacerbating corruption in the Philippines. He vowed to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians that they would “soon end up in prison together.”
“We need progress. We must win against poverty. We need [the] The government will serve our people with honesty, compassion and transparency, ”Pacquiao said in announcing his appointment. “We gave you a chance, but you failed us. We waited a long time, decades passed, but nothing happened.
Pacquiao also ended his 226-year, 2-fight career with 622 wins, eight defeats and two draws. Of the 622 wins were were knockouts and 223 decisions. He has won 12 world titles and is the only fighter in history to have won the title in eight different weight classes.
Senator Manny Pacquiao also raised his hand during a national conference of his PDP-Laban party on September 19, 2021 in Quezon City, Philippines. Nevada, August 21. The young Cuban boxer retained his WBA welterweight title by defeating Pacquiao in a unanimous decision. It was Pacquiao’s first fight in more than two years.
Pacquiao’s wealthy life story and legendary career brought him honor for his Southeast Asian nation, where he is known by monks such as Pacman, People’s Champ and National Feast.
He left his poor home in the southern Philippines as a teenager and sailed on a ship bound for Manila. He made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995 at the age of 1995 and fought his way out of poverty to become the highest paid athlete in the world.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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