- A teary-eyed Manny Pacquiao reminisced the time when he was rejected while trying to join the Philippine Olympic Team
- In the video where he announced his retirement from boxing, the sports icon revealed that he was told the reason for his rejection is that he has no future in the sport
- Manny’s voice broke as he recalled that instance and how he kept hoping that someday he would make it
- The pound for pound legend is the only boxer in boxing history to have won 12 major world titles in 8 separate weight divisions
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An emotional Sen. Manny Pacquiao, in the video where he announced his retirement, in a broken voice narrated how he was rejected when he applied to be one of the Philippine delegates to the Olympics.
Manny Pacquiao, tuluyan nang tinuldukan ang kanyang istorya sa boxing: “Today, I am announcing my retirement”
The boxing legend was referring to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, back when he was still 17 or 18 years old.
He said he nurtured hopes that one day, he would have a shot at getting an Olympic gold.
“Nangarap po ako na magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makalaban sa Olympics,” Manny said.
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However, it would seem this dream proved elusive for him as he was not among those who were chosen to compete in the Olympics.
“Ngunit hindi po ako nakuha na maging bahagi ng Philippine team,” he revealed.
The teary-eyed boxing legend then recalled the reason given him for the rejection.
“Na-reject po ako. Sinasabing wala raw po akong pag-asa sa boxing,” Manny, in a voice laden with emotion, said.
At this point, with a slightly broken voice, Manny said that instead of losing hope, he kept the flame alive and did not become discouraged by the rejection.
“Ngunit hindi po ako nawalan ng pag-asa. Hindi po ako na-discourage,” he said
The 8-division champion then expressed gratitude to the province of Davao del Sur for welcoming them into their team.
“Mabuti na lang tinanggap po ako ng Davao del Sur province upang maging bahagi ng kanilang boxing team. Sila po ay naniwala sa akin,” Manny said.
The former Pound for Pound King went on to make boxing history on the world stage. He is the only boxer, so far, to have acquired 12 major world championship titles in 8 different weight divisions.
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.
The boxing legend and former Pound for Pound King 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.
Manny's wife and best friend, Jinkee Pacquiao, recently penned a lengthy social media post where she expressed her full support to Sen. Manny Pacquiao. It can be recalled that several days ago, the Filipino boxing champ officially announced his presidential bid. In her post, Jinkee said it has not been an easy decision for her husband “but his heart and love for our country calls him to.”