AFTER 26 years in pro boxing, Filipino boxing legend Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao said that he was done fighting and will hang his gloves for good.
“My boxing career is over,” revealed the 42-year-old Pacquiao at the Toni Talks YouTube channel hosted by Toni Gonzaga.
“I’ve been boxing for a very long time. My family has long been saying that I should retire already. I just kept on fighting because I’m passionate about the sport.”
If Pacquiao remains true to his words, then his setback against Yordenis Ugas of Cuba last month was his last pro boxing match.
But will that fight really be the final page of a storied boxing career?
Some people close to the legendary boxer think Pacquiao’s decision was not final.
Nonetheless, Pacquiao said in the interview that he will not fight again.
Pacquiao first fought professionally in 1995 and recorded 62 victories, including 39 by way of knockout. He also has eight defeats and two draws.
He is the only boxer in the world to win a world title in eight divisions. The last of those titles was the WBA super welterweight crown Pacquiao had won by defeating American Keith Thurman in July 2019.
With his fighting days over, Pacquiao, a former representative and an incumbent senator, can focus on his political career.
On Sunday, September 19, Pacquiao announced that he is running for president in 2022 and is accepting the nomination by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
“Yes, I accept. I’m a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring. All my life, there was no fight I backed out from,” said Pacquiao after his nomination during the PDP’s national assembly.
“I have always stood my ground and fought when it comes to [my] principle and honor of the country.”
But Pacquiao, who owns the Manny Pacquiao Promotions which manages the boxing careers of John Riel Casimero, Jerwin Ancajas and Eumir Marcial, is not totally cutting his ties with boxing.
“I’m just going to support the up-and-coming boxers so that we (Filipinos) can have another world champion,” said Pacquiao at Toni Talks.