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Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing to run for president of Philippines

The eight-division world champion announced on social media that his defeat by Yordenis Ugas last month was the final fight of his 26-year, 72-fight professional career

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Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will retire from boxing as he prepares to run for president of the Philippines.

The eight-division world champion announced on social media that his defeat by Yordenis Ugas last month was the final fight of his 26-year, 72-fight professional career.

Pacquiao will now focus on his political career as he runs for the highest office in his homeland.

Pacquiao described retiring as the “hardest decision” of his life and insists boxing gave him the chance “to fight my way out of poverty” and “the courage to change more lives”.

“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” said Pacquiao.



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“I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life.”

Pacquiao strongly suggested last week that he was going to call it a day following the fight against Ugas.

“My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,” Pacquiao told actress Toni Gonzaga on her YouTube program Toni Talks.

“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough. I just continued [to box] because I’m passionate about this sport.



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“I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.”

“In the future, you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight again in the ring,” he said. “I don’t know, but for how many decades, I’m so happy with what I’ve done in boxing.

“I contribute a record in boxing also and to make boxing the top and especially bring honour to my country and the Filipino people. I’m so proud to be a Filipino and thankful to all the fans all over the world.

“I don’t know if I’ll fight again. Let me relax and think about it. I want to help my people.”




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