Manny Pacquiao retires after nearly three decades. The Filipino legendary boxer said so himself during an interview with celebrity and vlogger Toni Gonzaga. The discussion came up during Gonzaga’s “Toni Talks” show posted on her YouTube channel last September 20, 2021. Pacquiao’s boxing career comes to an end, as his journey in taking a political step begins.
PacMan – Champion & Hero
Manny Pacquiao is also known as “PacMan” by many of his beloved supporters and countrymen. He is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time with a total of 72 fights. Out of these 62 wins (39 by knockout & 23 by decision), and only 8 losses (3 by knockout & 5 by decision), and 2 draws. With 12 major world titles under his belt, Pacquiao etched his name in stone as the first and only boxer to win eight world titles in eight weight divisions, reign as world champion across four decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s), and clinch the lineal championship in five different weight classes among his record-establishing feats.
After local and international media outlets picked up the news, Pacquiao’s right-hand man, Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions, insisted that Pacquiao hasn’t officially retired from the sport. About 20 hours ago, Pacquaio tweeted this:
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.”
Pacquiao Retires & Run for President
Pacquiao discussed his retirement a day after he accepted the nomination of his block in the PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) to be the standard-bearer in May 222 Elections. He has accused his former ally’s administration, President Rodrigo Duterte, of making corruption worse in the Philippines. He promised to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians they will soon end up in jail.