Former Eight Division Champion Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from Boxing after concluding on his decision to run for the Presidential seat if his home country Philippines in March 2022.
Pacquiao ends a career that has almost clocked three decades starting from his debut in 1995. The 42 year old didn’t shock anyone for his decision as he was expected to hang his gloves before now despite still fighting on a high level.
With his election plans now set, Pacquiao will have nothing to do with Boxing if he wins as this will bring a lot of critics to his case. However, the Eight Division Champion also disclosed, he is being pressured by his family to stop.
“My boxing career is over. I’ve been boxing for a long time, and my family would always tell me it’s time to stop. I was a kid selling bread before. If I told you I’d be world champion and known all over the world? You’d say that seems impossible,” said Pacquiao to @ToniGonline
Pacquiao walks away on the back of a wide unanimous decision loss to reigning WBA “Super” 147 pound champion Yordenis Ugas. A failed attempt to reclaim the title the World Boxing Association stripped him off due to inactivity.
However, with age not on his side, it is better for the Filipino Boxing legend to retire. If he chooses to continue boxing then his quest to avenge his loss to the talented Cuban might not be good for his health and again only a minute number of hardcore boxing fans believe Pacquiao can avenge the loss.