Legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao has effectively announced his retirement from the sport after 72 professional fights – confirming his career is ‘already over’.
The eight-division world champion, widely seen as one of the greatest pound-for-pound stars of all time, suffered defeat against Yordenis Ugas via unanimous decision last month and has since been dropping heavy hints that he may finally hang up his gloves for good.
Now the 42-year-old has claimed he won’t be fighting again because his family have told him ‘it is enough’, with the veteran now eyeing the Philippines presidency.
Manny Pacquiao has confirmed his career is ‘already over’ after 72 professional fights
He suffered defeat to Yordenis Ugas last month and has been hinting he could soon call it a day
‘My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,’ Pacquiao said, speaking to YouTube channel 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.’
If Pacquiao sticks by his promise to call it a day, he will have rounded off a career that saw him secure 62 victories – 39 coming by way of knockout – with eight defeats and two draws.
He began his professional career way back in 1995, winning his first world title at flyweight in 1998, before clinching further belts at super bantamweight in 2001, featherweight in 2004, and going all the way up to super welter – beating Keith Thurman in 2019 to secure his eighth belt.
The 42-year-old has since revealed he will be running for president of the Philippines next year
He wants to fight against corruption and accepted a nomination by the PDP-Laban Party
However, he stressed that he won’t turn his back on boxing completely, and says he will lend his advice and experience to up and coming fighters in his country.
‘I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.’
For now Pacquiao will be concentrating on the world of politics, an area he has dabbled in for some time, having become elected to the country’s house of representatives in 2010, representing the province of Sarangani, and announced his intention to run for president next year.
He has been rallying against government corruption in his home nation and what he calls a cozy relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and China, and has accepted a nomination by the PDP-Laban Party to run against him.
‘I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,’ Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said in a live-streamed speech during the assembly. ‘I am accepting your nomination as candidate for president of the Republic of the Philippines.’