Former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao has officially called time on his storied boxing career as he begins his presidential campaign bid.
The 42-year-old Filipino legend took to social media to announce he would finally call time on his illustrious career, which will see him go down as one of the greatest ever.
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"I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over," said an emotional Pacquiao, the only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions.
"I never thought this day would come as a I hang up my boxing gloves," said Pacquiao, as he thanked his fans all over the world.
Known for his fast footwork and blistering speed of punches, Pacquiao was widely regarded as one of the top offensive fighters in the sport's history.
His final defeat came at the hands of Yordenis Ugas last month.
To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021
At the time, Pacquiao hinted it could have been the last time we saw him with gloves on in the ring.
But nothing had been confirmed.
Affter officially announcing he would run for president of the Phillipines, the maestro made the "hardest decision of his life".
Tributes flow for Manny Pacquaio
Pacquiao has been one of the biggest names in boxing for more than a decade and the combat world quickly paid their respects to a legend.
Veteran promoter Bob Arum in 2010 said he was unmatched, and rated him better than Muhammad Ali.
"His left and right hand hit with equal power and that is what destroys his opponents," Arum told Reuters.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) September 29, 2021
Boxing will miss you Senator @MannyPacquiao
Thank you for making a boy from South Africa’s dreams come to life
You are a Legend that will be talked of forever #Boxing #retirement pic.twitter.com/dW1P5uZC7A
— Chris van Heerden (@TheHeat001) September 29, 2021
One day I’ll be telling my grandkids that I fought on the same undercard with the great Manny Pacquiao. pic.twitter.com/Rp80unw6YM
— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) September 29, 2021
Manny Pacquiao announces he is retiring from boxing
He finishes with a 62-8-2 record and the only eight-division world champ ever 🐐 pic.twitter.com/ppICtfm5BH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 29, 2021
Don’t think anyone will ever have an introduction like Manny Pacquiao! 8 division world champ! One of the best to ever do it! Grew up from nothing to somebody! pic.twitter.com/WlrfOPe0oP
— TheBlackMessiah01 (@BlackMessiah01) September 29, 2021
‼️❌ Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he's retired from boxing at the age of 42 following his defeat to Yordenis Ugas. He leaves the sport as an eight-weight world champion across four different decades, one of the greatest boxers of all time. [@ToniGonline] pic.twitter.com/KvZt1TbFNu
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 20, 2021
Senator Manny Pacquiao has officially retired from boxing. One of the greatest pound for pound boxers in history. His titles were incredible 🥊🇵🇭👑
— ✨👑 DaddyMO👑✨ (@therealdaddymo1) September 29, 2021
Growing up in the south of the Philippines, Pacquiao's family was dirt-poor, prompting him to do odd jobs to survive.
He stowed away on a boat to the capital Manila as a teenager, where he started competitive boxing.
Pacquiao was among the staunchest allies of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, backing the leader's bloody war on drugs and his bid to reintroduce the death penalty.
But their political ties soured after Pacquiao criticised Duterte's friendly relationship with China and corruption in the government.
In July, he was ousted as president of the country's ruling political party.
Pacquiao started his political career with failed congressional run in 2007. He won a seat at the lower house of congress in 2010, representing the southern Sarangani province.
The two-term congressman was elected for a six-year term in the upper chamber in 2016.
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