Manny Pacquiao officially resigned from boxing just so he can place his attention on being the president of the Philippines.
Pacquiao who had been in boxing as a multi-divisional sportsman and had somewhat found ways to balance his boxing life with his political career when he emerged senator in his constituency, explained he had the intention of running for president in the general election that will be held 2022.
According to BBC, The boxer declared his willingness to resign in a 14-minute video that was shared on social media; stating clearly that quitting boxing was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made because boxing had helped so much in alleviating his economic status.
He at the same time showed his appreciation to family and fans who have stood by him throughout the time of his career.
The final decision comes after the 42-year-old’s loss to Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas, and he mentioned that was the final signal that it was time for his retirement.
Pacquiao at the age of 40 won the WBA super welterweight title after defeating Keith Thurman in 2019 and becoming the oldest person ever to be a welterweight champion; he eventually had to let go of the welterweight title in 2021 due to a long time of not being very active in boxing.
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The now ex-boxer has featured in about 8 different weight divisions where he has won 12 titles and is acknowledged as the greatest professional boxer of all time.
At present, he leaves boxing with 62 wins and 8 defeats to his name.
He started actively with politics in 2010.