Unprecedented 8 weight class supreme boxing hero
Retirement announced on Facebook on the 29th
He is expected to run for president in the Philippines in May next year.
Manny Pacquiao, 43, one of the greatest boxers in boxing history, has announced his retirement.
In a 14-minute video posted to his Facebook account on the 29th (Korean time), Pacquiao said, “I just heard the last bell,” and “boxing is over.” “I never thought the day would come when I would take off my boxing gloves,” he thanked boxing fans around the world.
Pacquiao was a living legend who achieved an unprecedented eight-weight division in boxing history. A current Philippine senator, he devoted himself to politics for a while. On the 22nd of last month, he rose to the ring in the World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight Super Champion title match against Jordenis Ugas (Cuba), but lost by unanimous decision by all judges. Originally, Pacquiao was said to have planned to retire after winning the match, but after the loss, he declined to say whether he would retire. However, on the 19th, he officially announced his candidacy for the Philippine presidential election in May next year and seems to have solidified his decision to retire.
Born in a slum in the southern Philippines, Pacquiao, who climbed into the ring to earn a living, made his professional debut in 1995. Starting with the lightweight flyweight champion in 1998, he gained a whopping 18kg to become the super welterweight champion in 2010, becoming the world’s first 8 won the weight class. He competed against Oscars de la Hoya (USA), Miguel Coto (Puerto Rico), Juan Manuel Marquez (Mexico), Shane Mosley (USA), and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (USA). He left a record of defeat. There are 12 championship belts that have been won between eight weight classes.
By Hong Ji-min, staff reporter [email protected]