Manny Pacquiao retires: former eight division champion quits boxing at 42


Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino icon who is the only boxer to win world titles in eight divisions, officially announced his retirement at 42, in order to devote himself full time to politics.

In 14 minutes, 20 seconds video which was posted on his verified Facebook account Tuesday night, Pacquiao said, “I’m announcing my retirement. Goodbye, boxing.”

To the biggest fans and the biggest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all these wonderful memories. It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Goodbye boxing.

– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021

Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs), who has served as a senator in his native Philippines since 2016, announced his candidacy for president in 2022 last week. The “PacMan” last fought in August when ‘he ended a two-year term. dismissal in a loss-making decision to late replacement and WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas in their pay-per-view bout.

The announcement, which was made by Pacquiao at a Wednesday morning press conference from the Philippines, ended a legendary 26-year professional career that began in 1995 when a 16-year-old Pacquiao turned pro at 106 lbs. The lightning-fast southpaw would finally take his talents to the United States for the first time in 2001 when, after joining forces with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, Pacquiao upset Lehlo Ledwaba via sixth-round TKO. for the IBF junior featherweight title at the end of the replacement in Las Vegas.

“Boxing has always been my passion. I have been given the opportunity to represent the Philippines, to bring glory and honor to my country every time I have stepped into the ring. I am grateful for all of my accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire fans.

“To boxing fans all over the world, thank you very much. Thank you for always praying for me and watching my fights over the years. Who would have thought that Manny Pacquiao would end up with 12 major world titles in eight weight divisions? Even I am amazed at what I did, hold the record of being the only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades and become the old fighter to win a world welterweight title. “

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It won’t take long for Pacquiao to become an overnight sensation in boxing circles thanks to his explosive style. Despite a steady increase in weight, Pacquiao remarkably took his speed and power with him to co-write a number of instant classics in the years to come against Hall of Fame members Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel. Mark.

Even though Pacquiao had become a booming PPV brand, it wasn’t until he rose even higher in 2008 to challenge Oscar De La Hoya at welterweight that he became a household name and a global star. Pacquiao marked a major upheaval by sending De La Hoya into retirement via TKO and followed up with stoppage wins over Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

Soon the drumbeat started to heat up for a superfight pairing Pacquiao against undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. A courtship of more than five years would ensue – in which Pacquiao won a world title as high as the junior middleweight – until the two took part in the richest bout in the history of the boxing in 2015, which Mayweather won by decision.

The home stretch of Pacquiao’s career would see him split his time between boxing and public service while using his fame to give back through numerous philanthropic initiatives. However, age did not stop Pacquiao from achieving great victories, as his “twilight” produced PPV victories over Timothy Bradley Jr., Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and, at the age of 40 , a narrow victory. on undefeated Keith Thurman to regain part of the welterweight title.


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