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Already a candidate for the presidential election in the Philippines, boxing star Manny Pacquiao announced Wednesday to end his career.
Famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, 42, presidential candidate, announced on Wednesday, September 29, that he was ending several decades of career on the rings, the “most difficult” decision of his life.
“It’s hard for me to accept that my boxing career is over,” Manny Pacquiao said in a video message posted on Twitter, “today I announce my retirement”.
To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA
— Manny Pacquiao (@Mannypacquiao) September 29, 2021
This statement comes ten days after this legendary boxer, who became a national hero, ran for president in May 2022 in the Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao, who grew up on the streets before becoming an international star, announced his candidacy a few weeks after his last professional fight, an August 22 loss in Las Vegas to Cuban Yordenis Ugas.
Entered politics in 2010
He started his professional career in January 1995 with a purse of 1,000 pesos (19 euros) before amassing a fortune estimated at more than 500 million dollars.
The boxer, who is married and has five children, thanked his millions of fans around the world. He also made a point of paying special tribute to his longtime coach, Freddie Roach, saying that he considered him a member of “[sa] family, a brother, a friend”.
Manny Pacquiao entered politics in 2010, when he was elected as a member of parliament, before becoming a senator in 2016. He has sometimes sparked controversy by his statements in favor of the death penalty or hostile to homosexuality.
But he is extremely popular in the archipelago of 110 million people, where his generosity and rise to success, while born into extreme poverty, are deeply admired.