Manny Pacquiao Announces Retirement From Boxing

Manny Pacquiao in 2016
Manny Pacquiao in 2016. Photo by Masatoshi Okauchi/REX/Shutterstock (7524377a)

Manny Pacquiao, the only eight-division champion in boxing history, announced his retirement from the sport on Tuesday night. The Filipino boxer is just one month shy of turning 43 years old.

The winner of 12 world titles, Pacquiao won his first belt at 108 pounds. His highest title-winning weight was 154 pounds. Affectionately known as “PacMan”, Pacquiao announced his retirement in a 14-plus-minute retirement video on social media.

“Even me, I’m amazed at what I have done”, PacMan remarked. “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought that this day would come. As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao.”

With a 62-8-2 record, Pacquiao has achieved 39 KOs in his career. While initially scheduled to face unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. last month, the fight had to be postponed due to Spence suffering a detached retina. As a result, Pacquiao was slated to face Yordenis Ugas instead.

Viewed as the favorite going into the fight, an aging Pacquiao was unable to hit peak performance against Ugas, going on to lose by way of unanimous decision.

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