It marks the end of an era for Manny Pacquiao, the first and only eight-division champion in boxing. He announced his retirement via a reflective, retirement video on Tuesday night.
“It’s hard for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over,” Manny said in the video. “Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought this day would come. When I hang up my boxing gloves, I want to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao.
The video, posted across his social platform, shows Manny talking on camera. He reflected extensively on his remarkable achievements in brutal sports, as well as thanking his family, team and fans.
“Even me, I’m amazed at what I’ve done,” Manny said. “Became the only boxer to win a world title in four different decades and the oldest boxer to win a world welterweight title, an amazing achievement.”
Manny will go down in history as one of the best boxers. According to ESPN, he has won 12 world titles throughout his career. He won his first title at just পা 108 and eventually fought his way up and grabbed a title at 4 154.
While out of the ring, Manny is also recognized in his sport. ESPN reports that the Boxing Writers Association of America has twice named him Fighter of the Year. He even crossed the line of athletes in the media. While at the peak of his career, Manny is known to have worked on the talk show circuit.
Still, nothing compares to what Manny did as a boxer. In addition to earning hundreds of millions of dollars, he has “beaten five Hall of Famers.” His most memorable fight was against Oscar de la Hoa in 200 Most. Manny punished Oscar and knocked out a technical in eight rounds of combat. It was his debut at Welterweight, where ESPN says it was his “biggest commercial success.”
Boxing fans also remember his match against boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Together, their fight broke the revenue record by selling about 6. million million units in pay-per-view.
Regarding his next journey, Manny hopes to make an impact in the political world of the Philippines. Although he is already a senator, he recently announced that he would run for president in 2022.
“Goodbye, boxing. Thank you for changing my life,” said Manny.
Watch the full video below:
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