June 5, 2023

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves after 26 years of an illustrious career that can hardly be replicated by any boxer in modern history.

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement,” said the 42-year-old Pacquiao in a 14-minute video posted on his Facebook account on Sept. 29.

Pacquiao, the lone boxer who won titles in eight different weight classes, has thanked his legion of followers, who have cheered for him for the past more than two decades.

The fighting senator finished his boxing career with 62 wins with 39 by way of knockout, eight losses, and two draws. He has won 12 world titles in 26 years.

Pacquiao has thanked boxing for a life-changing journey, where he was a perfect example of a rags-to-riches story.

“Thank you for changing my life. When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my 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 lives,” Pacquaio said in his video message.

He likewise expressed his sincerest gratitude to millions of Filipinos and countless fans around the world.

“I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

Pacquiao’s official announcement came after he officially declared he is seeking for presidency in the 2022 elections. – Harley F. Palangchao