Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao Admits: My Boxing Career is Already Over

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, 42-years-old, has more or less confirmed that he will likely never fight again after a Hall of Fame career that spanned 72 professional fights.

Last month, Pacquiao snapped a two-year layoff when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to WBA welterweight champion champion Yordenis Ugas.

Pacquiao’s prior fight, in July 2019, saw him win a twelve round decision over unbeaten Keith Thurman to capture the WBA title.

This past weekend, Pacquiao announced that he was entering the 2022 Presidential race in the Philippines.

Over the last few months, the Filipino superstar has been campaigning against government corruption in his country – and especially against the relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and China. Pacquiao has accepted a nomination by the PDP-Laban Party.

Over the last decade, Pacquiao’s aspirations have been shifting from boxing to politics.

“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 remains on the sidelines, his final career tally will see 62 victories, eight defeats, 39 wins by knockout, and two draws.

He began his career in 1995 and won his first world title in 1998 at flyweight.

In what many saw as unbelievable, Pacquiao continued to rise in weight, winning titles along the way, with his highest belt being captured at junior middleweight with a dominant decision over Antonio Margarito at a catch-weight of 150-pounds in 2010.

“I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again [in the Philippines],” Pacquiao said.

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