- Manny Pacquiao, in the video announcing his retirement from boxing, also thanked those who helped him over the years, particularly Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez
- He recalled the time he met Freddie and also reminisced about the days he and Buboy roamed the streets
- Manny called Freddie more than just a trainer, but “a family, a brother, and a friend
- As regards to his many friends, the boxing legend said that there is no one closer to him than Buboy Fernandez, whom he said he has known for almost his whole life
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Manny Pacquiao, in the video where he bid boxing goodbye, acknowledged people who helped him reach where he is now.
He expressed gratitude to families who assisted him when he was just starting out and acknowledged the valuable contribution of Freddie Roach, his trainer, and Buboy Fernandez, his friend and also a trainer.
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The boxing legend recalled the time when his coach brought him to the US where he met Roach at the Wild Card boxing gym.
“Freddie Roach was not only my trainer, but also my family, a brother, and a friend,” the boxing legend said.
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Roach helped Manny win in several divisions, until he became the only boxer in history so far to have won 12 major world championship titles in 8 different weight divisions.
The former pound for pound king also acknowledged his other trainers, foremost among them is his friend, Buboy Fernandez.
“When you speak of friends, there is no one closer to me than Buboy Fernandez, whom I have known for almost my whole life. He is more than a coach to me,” Manny said.
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Fernandez is said to be the only person who was always present in Manny’s corner in all of his 71 professional fights.
In all those fights, the one that stood out is the final fight of Manny against Marquez in December of 2012.
When Marquez managed to land a straight at Manny and knocked him out, the first person the boxing legend looked for was none other than Fernandez, who immediately went to his side after shooing away the doctors.
“I cannot imagine that I am here now. Our life was so hard. Today, every time I sleep with my kids, in my massive bedroom, in my massive home, I tell this story to them where Manny and I started and they cry. Manny wants me to tell them our story, which is you work hard and you can achieve. So every night, I tell them,” Fernandez said in past interviews.
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After almost three decades in boxing, Manny has bid boxing goodbye.
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.
Recently, a teary-eyed Manny 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.
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.