Manny Pacquiao Talks Retirement From Boxing In An Exclusive Interview
In the aftermath of a loss to WBA “super” welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas on August 21st, many have speculated and questioned whether this was the end for Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs). We now have our answer!
During an exclusive interview on The Filipino show “Toni Talks” with host Toni Gonzaga, the eight division champion officially announced he’s calling it a day and retiring from the sport.
“My boxing career is over. It’s already over. I’ve been boxing for a long time already and my family would always tell me that it’s time to stop. I just kept going because I’m so passionate about boxing.
But now, I’ll just support boxers so that we can have a champion again. You can’t say this is the next Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is just a manifestation. He is owned by the Lord, who gave all the blessings.”
The 42-year-old looked back at life from selling bread as a kid up until now. He told Gonzaga when he started boxing, he could not have envisioned accomplishing so much and become a global figure.
FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Pacquiao won his first world title in December of 1998, knocking out Chatchai Sasakul to capture the WBC flyweight title. After losing the belt in his first title defense, the decision was made to move up in weight.
After upsetting Lehlo Ledwaba to win the IBF super bantamweight title in June of 2001, it put him on the path to eventual superstardom. From that moment, Pacquiao became one of the greatest fighters of this century. A world champion in eight weight divisions, his resume is unprecedented.
The southpaw from General Santos City, Philippines, captivated audiences with his exciting fighting style and his blinding combination of speed and power. Away from the ring, he’s warmed the hearts of fans with his humility.
FIGHTING FOR HIS HOMELAND
This retirement followed Pacquiao’s announcement he’s running for President of the Philippines. The country is full of financial strife. His mission is to win and make significant steps to eliminate the widespread political corruption. We at 3KingsBoxing salute Manny Pacquiao for such a storied career and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.