Manny Pacquiao confirms he is retiring from boxing to focus on presidential bid

Manny Pacquiao has confirmed his legendary boxing career is now over with his focus on his presidential bid in the Philippines.

The 42-year-old officially announced his bid for the presidency in next year’s election on Sunday after accepting the nomination from the faction he leads in the ruling PDP-Laban Party.

Pacquiao, an eight-weight world champion and one of boxing’s greatest of all time, fell to a convincing defeat to Yordenis Ugas in August.

While he did not immediately rule out fighting again, the ring legend now appears to have confirmed his retirement from the sport.

‘My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,’ Pacquiao told actress Toni Gonzaga in Filipino 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.’

Pacquiao’s career spanned 26 years and 72 fights, winning 62 of those.

He has been involved in some of the biggest fights of the last two decades, including his 2015 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr which still stands as the most lucrative fight in the history of combat sport.

The Filipino also recorded iconic victories over the likes of Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Tim Bradley during his star-studded career.

In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion in history when he rolled back the years with a vintage performance against Keith Thurman.

He challenged for the WBA (Super) welterweight title against Ugas this summer and while he was a strong favourite heading into the contest, Pacquiao lacked his trademark speed and power as he was picked off by his opponent, who sealed an unanimous decision win.

Pacquiao admitted post-fight he began to feel his legs cramping as early as the second round, admitting retirement from the ring could be around the corner.

Calls for the popular fighter to call time on his career heightened in the days that followed as footage emerged of him barely able to open his eyes as his he was spoon-fed by his wife.

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