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‘I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over ‘

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao officially hung up his gloves. The eight-level world champion and senator from the Philippines announced his retirem


Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao officially hung up his gloves. The eight-level world champion and senator from the Philippines announced his retirement from the ring on Wednesday.

“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank everyone, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing, ”said Pacquiao, 42, in a 14-minute video posted on his Facebook page. “For me it is difficult to accept that my stage as a boxer is over. Today I announce my retirement ”.

Pacquiao thus ended a 26-year career in which he played 72 fights, with 62 victories, eight defeats and two draws. Of those 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision of the judges. He has lifted 12 world champion titles.

His retirement from professional sports came after a disappointing loss to Yordenis Ugás on August 21. The young Cuban fighter, who defected to the United States in 2010, defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision and retained his title of welterweight champion from the World Boxing Association. It was the Filipino’s first match in more than two years.

“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the opportunity to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao said in the video. “Thanks to you, I was able to inspire people around the world. Thanks to you I have had the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I did and achieved in a life that I could not imagine. I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over. “

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Earlier this month, he accepted his party’s nomination and said he will run for president of the Philippines in the May 2022 elections. Pacquiao has accused the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, his formal ally, of worsening corruption in the country. He has vowed to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians that they will soon end up in jail.

Pacquiao’s story of overcoming and his legendary career (he is the only boxer to have won titles in eight different categories) has brought honors to his Southeast Asian nation, where he is known by the nicknames of “Pacman,” “People’s Champion.” and “National Fist”.