Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has introduced his retirement from the game to deal with his political profession.
The multi-division world champion, who’s a senator in his native Philippines, has already introduced his intention to run for president within the nation’s 2022 elections.
The 42-year-old’s last combat was a defeat by Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas final month.
“I simply heard the ultimate bell. Boxing is over,” mentioned Pacquiao.
In a video posted on social media, Pacquiao described retiring because the “hardest choice” of his life, including boxing had given him “the possibility to combat my manner out of poverty” and “the braveness to alter extra lives”.
He additionally thanked his followers, associates and all those that supported him all through his profession, most notably long-time coach Freddie Roach, who he described as “my household, a brother and a buddy”.
“I’ll always remember what I’ve carried out and achieved in my life,” he mentioned.
After rising up in poverty within the south of the Philippines, Pacquiao moved to the capital Manila as a youngster to start out a boxing profession that might make him one of many world’s most extremely paid athletes.
He received his first main title in 1998 on the age of 19, defeating Thailand’s Chatchai Sasakul for the WBC flyweight title.
Inside three years he was combating in Las Vegas, beating South Africa’s Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the IBF tremendous bantamweight title on the MGM Grand, the venue for many of his fights within the following 20 years.
He’s now considered one of many best skilled boxers of all time, successful 12 totally different titles throughout eight weight divisions and is the one boxer to carry world championships throughout 4 a long time.
In July 2019, Pacquiao grew to become the oldest welterweight world champion in historical past on the age of 40 when he defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Tremendous) welterweight title, although he was stripped of the title in January 2021 due to inactivity.
Talking after his defeat to Ugas in August, Pacquiao mentioned he was “60-40” in favour of quitting.
He retires with a report of 62 wins, eight defeats and two attracts.
Pacquiao entered politics in 2010 when he received a seat within the decrease home of the Philippines congress, earlier than being elected for a six-year time period within the higher chamber in 2016.
He confirmed earlier this month his intention to run for president after he was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling occasion, PDP-Laban.