The storied boxing career of Manny Pacquiao, the lone eight-division world boxing champion, has come to an end.
The Filipino boxing legend announced his retirement on Wednesday (September 29), which came on the heels of his decision to run for presidency in the 2022 Philippine elections.
At the age of 42, Pacquiao, who held 12 major titles in his illustrious career, walks away from the boxing ring with 62 wins, 39 of which are knockout victories, eight losses and two draws.
In light of his announcement, many in the boxing world paid tribute and expressed gratitude to Pacquiao's contributions to the sport.
Among the first ones to show love to Pacquiao were Ryan Garcia, Michael Conlan and George Kambosos Jr., all of whom are young stars in boxing who drew inspiration from the sporting great.
I love you manny pacquiao thank you for the legendary career and all the memories you inspired me forever 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) September 29, 2021
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) September 29, 2021
— George "Ferocious" Kambosos Jr (@georgekambosos) September 29, 2021
Marco Antonio Barrera, a Mexican boxing champion who once shared the ring with Pacquiao, also took the time to appreciate the greatness of the Filipino icon.
— Marco A Barrera Tapi (@barreratapia) September 29, 2021
Pacquiao, who once served under the banner of Top Rank Boxing during his glorious days on the ring, received praises from the renowned promotions company.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) September 29, 2021
Several sporting organizations also honored Pacquiao upon his announcement.
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) September 29, 2021
🥊 Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from the sport with an emotional video.
🇵🇭 The Philippines' flag-bearer from Beijing2008 will now focus on his political career.@MannyPacquiao I @OlympicPHI pic.twitter.com/jJFAzmdGl5
— Olympics (@Olympics) September 29, 2021
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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