Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao announced on Wednesday his retirement from boxing.
“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement,” Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won world titles in eight divisions, said in a statement issued to the media.
“Wow….I never thought that this day would come,” he added.
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao,” the senator said.
He also thanked the individuals and families who helped him from the very start of his boxing career, and towards its end.
Before announcing his retirement, there were talks that Pacquiao would be having a rematch with Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas, who beat him by unanimous decision last August 22 in Las Vegas in a title bout for the World Boxing Association world welterweight title.
Pacquiao’s retirement from boxing will allow him to concentrate on his presidential bid for 2022. He already formally accepted the nomination of the faction lead by Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to be its standard bearer. Pacquiao has yet to name his running mate for 2022.