Boxing star Manny Pacquiao, who’s planning to run for president within the 2022 Philippine elections, mentioned on Wednesday he was retiring from boxing to deal with the largest battle in his political profession.
Pacquiao, a Philippine senator who has been dividing his time between politics and preventing, made the announcement in a 14-minute video posted on his official Facebook web page.
“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” mentioned an emotional Pacquiao, the one man to maintain world titles in eight totally different divisions.
“I never thought this day would come as a I hang up my boxing gloves,” mentioned Pacquiao, as he thanked his followers everywhere in the world.
Known for his quick footwork and blistering pace of punches, Pacquiao was extensively thought to be one of many high offensive fighters within the sport’s historical past.
Veteran promoter Bob Arum in 2010 mentioned he was unmatched, and rated him higher than Muhammad Ali. “His left and right hand hit with equal power and that is what destroys his opponents,” Arum informed Reuters.
In August, the 42-year-old misplaced a WBA welterweight world title match in opposition to Cuban Yordenis Ugas.
Growing up within the south of the Philippines, Pacquiao’s household was dirt-poor, prompting him to do odd jobs to survive. He stowed away on a ship to the capital Manila as a teen, the place he began aggressive boxing.
Pacquiao was among the many staunchest allies of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, backing the chief’s bloody battle on medication and his bid to reintroduce the demise penalty.
But their political ties soured after Pacquiao criticised Duterte’s pleasant relationship with China and corruption within the authorities. In July, he was ousted as president of the nation’s ruling political occasion.
Pacquiao began his political profession with failed congressional run in 2007. He gained a seat on the decrease home of congress in 2010, representing the southern Sarangani province.
The two-term congressman was elected for a six-year time period within the higher chamber in 2016.