Manny Pacquiao Officially Retires From Boxing To Focus On Political Career

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao has officially retired from boxing.

After Pacquiao lost a decision to Yordenis Ugas back in August he hinted that he may walk away from the sport. Rumors then came out that he was retired but Pacquiao never confirmed it until now as he said he is walking away from the sport.

“Even me, I’m amazed at what I have done,” Pacquiao, who won 12 world titles, said in the 14-plus-minute retirement video he posted on social media (via ESPN). “The only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades and became the oldest boxer to win a world welterweight title, an amazing accomplishment.”

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over,” he added. “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.”

Manny Pacquiao ends his career with a record of 62-8-2 and he’s the only boxer to be a champion in eight divisions. He’s one of the best boxers of all-time and holds notable wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosely, Ricky Hatton, Keith Thurman, and Adrien Broner among others.

Pacquiao’s legacy in the sport is set for good and he says boxing allowed him to get out of poverty as he earned hundreds of millions of dollars. His focus will now go to his political career.

“Goodbye, boxing. Thank you for changing my life,” Pacquiao said. “You gave me the chance to find a way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more life. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life. I can’t imagine that I have just heard the final bell.”

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