- Boxing legend and former Pound for Pound King, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, has officially announced his retirement from boxing
- The boxing icon and Philippine legislator made the announcement through an emotional video that showcased how he started
- Looking and speaking with words full of emotions, Sen. Manny also took the opportunity to thank all of those who helped him throughout his journey as a boxer
- Admitting that his time to hang up his gloves has come, Sen. Manny announced his retirement from the sports that gave him money and fame, as well as honor to the entire country
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Sen. Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing, the sports that propelled him into the limelight and gave honor to the entire Philippines.
The boxing legend made the announcement through a nostalgic 14-minute video laden with emotions.
The video began with a footage of an empty boxing ring and subsequently, Sen. Pacquiao addressing everyone.
He narrated how he started, including the instance where he was rejected when he applied to be included in the Phlippines’ roster of delegates for the Olympics.
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Sen. Manny then took the opportunity to thank all of those who helped him when he was just starting out.
He gave special thanks to Freddie Roach, whom he referred to as “more than just a trainer, but as a friend and brother.”
The boxing icon also gave special thanks to Buboy Fernandez, whom he said was with him for practically his entire life.
In the middle of the video, the senator made a plea on behalf of young Philippine boxers.
“Napakarami po nating potential boxers, na mas bata at puno ng pag-asa na makapagdala ng karangalan sa ating bansa. Sila naman po ang ating tulungan,” Sen. Manny said.
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After saying this, he said that it is difficult for him to face the reality that the time for him to hang his gloves has come.
“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over,” the boxing legend said.
He then followed this statement with a monumental announcement that, while not entirely unexpected, is sure to send waves throughout the boxing world.
“Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought this day would come,” said the only boxer in history to win twelve major world titles in eight separate weight divisions.
He then expressed his gratitude to the entire world, particularly the Filipino people, for supporting him.
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao,” the boxing legend said.
Thus ended an era where the world saw a Pinoy boxer make history on the world stage.
Manny Pacquiao is an eight-division world boxing champion, considered one of the greatest boxers in history. He also found success as a politician, first becoming a congressman before getting elected as a senator. Manny is married to Jinkee Pacquiao, whom he called his best friend.
In a previous interview with Toni Gonzaga, Sen. Pacquiao hinted at retirement, saying that his boxing career is over and he is finally hanging up his boxing gloves. While he did mention such in Toni’s “Toni Talks” vlog, it was not an official announcement, and even said that it was his family who has been telling him that he should retire. Sen. Manny added that he only keeps on fighting because he is passionate about boxing.
A few days later, Sen. Manny was nominated as the official candidate in next year’s presidential elections of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Pimentel-Pacquiao faction. After accepting the nomination, the boxing legend and legislator posted a message on Instagram that he never retreats from any fight all throughout his life.