Manny pacquiao, a former world champion in eight different divisions, reported on a Philippine program on Youtube his immediate retirement from boxing to seek the presidency of the Philippines.
“My boxing career?” He asked when questioned on the show Youtube from Toni Gonzaga Studio. “My boxing career is over, because I have boxed for a long time and my family said it was enough. I continued (boxing), because I am passionate about this sport ”.
The Filipino officially announced that he will seek the presidency of Philippines in the 2022 elections, after he was nominated by his party PDP-Laban.
Upon hearing the statement, the interviewer Toni Gonzaga He asked him if he would retire from boxing if he wins the Philippine presidential election.
“It’s over,” he replied. Pacquiao, specifying that the decision has already been made and does not depend on the outcome of the elections.
However, it was already known that the now senator was going to seek to become the next president of Philippines and will support more boxers.
“I will support other boxers so that we have a world champion again,” he replied. Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao fought for the last time on August 8 against Yordenis Ugás, who made the first defense of the welterweight belt of the AMB.
The former world champion was noticeable in the age and mobility that he used to in his fights, it was not seen. He was very static and that cost him the contest.
The judges saw win by unanimous decision to Ugas by cards of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
During the week leading up to the fight, Manny He commented that it would depend on his recovery if he was to fight again.
I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Philippines. We need progress. We need to win against poverty. We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency. The time is now. I am ready to rise to the challenge of leadership. 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/suN1zFTxyW
– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 19, 2021
Manny Pacquiao retirement
If his retirement decision is officially confirmed, the Filipino would leave boxing with 72 professional fights. In them, he finished with a 62-8-2 record with 39 wins by knockout.
Manny He began his career in professional boxing in the minimumweight division (105 pounds) and from there he worked his way up to becoming super welterweight champion (154 pounds).
On December 4, 1998 he won his first world championship by defeating by knockout in the eighth round Chatchal Sasakul and from there he went up in category to get another seven world titles.