World Pound 4 Pound Boxing Star and four division champion Canelo Alvarez took some time out of his busy schedule to give his perspective on Manny Pacquiao’s recent decision to retire after almost 25 years as a professional fighter.
Alvarez who is presently preparing for an Undisputed 168 pound fight with Caleb Plant ones saw Manny Pacquiao as a potential opponent but despite failing to face the legend in the Ring, the Mexican believes it was high time Pacquiao retired from the sport.
The only Boxing’s eight division champion has been around boxing for a long time and during his professional Boxing career also had his hands in politics, which surprisingly florished and now that his Boxing career is over, Pacquiao goes fully into politics and has kicked off plans of running for the presidential seat of his home country Philippines.
Pacquiao rode off to his Boxing sunset on the back of a loss to WBA “Super” Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas, who was a late replacement for his initially opponent Errol Spence Jr. The Spence fight got cancelled a week before the fight after an eye injury was detected on “The Truth”.
Ugas went in to win a dominant 12 round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao in his first defence since he was elevated to the status of a full champion following the removal of Pacquiao from the position of a full champion due to inactivity.
“It’s sad, but it was about time. He did a lot of things for boxing, he is a great fighter, a legend,” Canelo told Little Giant Boxing.
The 42 year old version of Pacquiao, wasn’t the Pacquiao we used to know during the fight with Ugas and obviously evident, age had caught up with him. Pacquiao claimed he fought with an injury and could remove his legs, also added he will be activating the Rematch clause but that was it, before he announced his retirement.
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao stated in a 14-minute retirement video. “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.
“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives.
“I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. I never thought this day would come as I hang up my boxing gloves.”