Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing
At 42 years old, Manny Pacquiao has officially decided to walk away from boxing. Pacquiao announced his decision vis twitter Tuesday evening.
To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021
Pacquiao finished his career with a record of 62-8-2 with 39 wins coming by the way of knockout. The news comes one week after he announced his intentions to run for President of his home country, the Phillippines. Elections will be held in May of 2022.
Pacquiao made his professional debut in 1996, where he won 10 of his first 11 bouts, at just 16 years old. From there, a legend was born. He became the only boxer to hold titles in 4 different decades and 8 different weight classes. He accumulated a record of 25-7-2 against former or current world champions.
After his first professional loss in 1996, Pacquiao went on a run that saw him win 28 of his next 31 fights. This streak saw him win 15 fights in a row and take home titles in 3 different weight classes. After a tough loss to Erik Morales in 2005, Pacquiao would respond the only way he knew how, with a vengeance. He would rattle off another 15 wins in a row in an undefeated streak that spanned just over 7 years. During this time, he took home titles in an unprecedented 6 different weight classes, cementing his incredible legacy.
Over the years, Pacquiao engaged in some of the most incredible bouts in boxing history. Opponents included Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, and of course, Floyd Mayweather. Now, at 42 years old, he sets his sights on becoming President of the Phillippines where he already serves as a senator. If his impact on his country is anything like the one he had in the ring, then they are in the very best of hands. It was truly an honor to watch Pacquiao grace the ring for the last 25 years. His presence will be missed.