The curtain has been drawn on one of the best careers in boxing after Manny Pacquiao announced on Wednesday that he was going to hang up the gloves for good.
As the only boxer who has ever won world titles in eight different divisions, the 42-year-old Filipino described his resignation as the “hardest decision” he has ever made.
Pacquiao leaves the sport with a record of 62 wins (39 KOs), eight losses and two draws, and as the only fighter to have held world titles in four different decades.
The news comes just over a week after Pacquiao announced he would run for president of the Philippines in 2022.
Pacquiao is already a senator in his home country and used social media to inform fans of his decision.
To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. It’s the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m happy with it. Chase your dreams, work hard and watch what happens. Goodbye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA
– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021
“I find it hard to accept that my days as a boxer are over,” said Pacquiao.
“Today I announce my retirement. I never thought that day would come.
“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I want to thank the whole world, especially the Filipinos, for the support of Manny Pacquiao.
Among his myriad of successes, Pacquiao boasts some of the greatest names in boxing including Juan Manual Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley. More recently, he defeated Keith Thurman and became the oldest welterweight world champion at the age of 40.
His much-touted fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015 remains the best-selling pay-per-view event of all time.
In his farewell speech, Pacquiao particularly mentioned his late former manager Rod Nozario and the legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
“And I will never forget the person who helped me, Rod Nazario, who was once my manager,” said Pacquiao.
“He brought me to the United States 20 years ago and arranged my introduction to my trainer, Freddie Roach, at the Wild Card Boxing Gym.
“Freddie Roach was not only my coach, but also my family, a brother and a friend.”
Pacquiao will now turn to his political career, where he has been nominated as a potential successor to current President Rodrigo Duterte.