Manny Pacquiao, who hails from the island country of Philippines, has called time on his boxing career. The 42-year-old legend, who is world-famous for his footwork and the fiery speed of punches, has been in the limelight after he announced his bid for Philippine presidential elections that are set to take place in May 2022.
The boxing star made this announcement in a 14-minute long video which he shared on Facebook.
“To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing,” wrote Pacquiao along with the video.
Check out the video here:
Twitter hails Manny Pacquiao for his his illustrious career:
Manny Pacquiao Boxing's only eight-division world champion
What a unbelievable human, in and outside the ring.
He deserves all the success in the world.
What a man 👏 pic.twitter.com/POeDmf8fXg
— Antonio Mango (@AntonioMango4) September 29, 2021
Manny Pacquiao is a one of a kind individual both in the ring and outside of it. Absolute legend and had some of the best boots in the game. 🥊 🔥 Enjoy retirement Pac-Man.
— VUC 👆 (@vuc9) September 29, 2021
Manny Pacquiao was a world champion from flyweight to super-welterweight.
For context: that would be like Sunny Edwards one day moving up and beating Jermell Charlo.
A phenomenon. Happy retirement. 👑#Boxing
— Rob Tebbutt (@RobTebbutt) September 29, 2021
One of the greatest to ever step in the ring. Thank you for all the memories legend.
— . (@cantIoseforever) September 29, 2021
Thanks you for all of the years of taking on the toughest competition in the rong and for being such a great Ambassador for the Philippine people and us boxing fans all around the world. We love you Manny Pacquiao and wish you the best in all your future endeavours.
God bless you
— BoxingFan4life44 (@Boxigfan4life44) September 29, 2021
Notably, although the legend will not be seen fighting in the ring anymore, he is the only man to hold world titles across eight divisions. The Philippine legend also retires now as the only boxer to hold world titles across four different decades.