'Boxing is over': Tributes flow after Manny Pacquiao's retirement

·Sports Reporter
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Legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) waves at the crowd.
Legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) has officially called time on his career. (Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

with Reuters

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