Manny Pacquiao announces retirement from boxing at 42 as he looks to become Philippines president
Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing in preparation for a run for Philippine President in 2022.
The former eight-weight world champion, who is currently a senator in his own country, declared his presidential candidacy on Sunday.
“I courageously accept the challenge of running for President of the Philippines,” the 42-year-old declared.
“We must make progress. We must triumph over poverty. Our government must act with honesty, compassion, and openness in order to serve our people.
“Now is the moment. I am prepared to take on the role of leader.”
When Toni Talks questioned him about his boxing career, he said, “How about my boxing career?” My career as a boxer has come to an end.
“It’s over because I’ve been boxing for a long time and my family believes I’ve done enough.
I just kept going [boxing] because I love the sport.
“All I can do now is encourage other boxers so that we may have a champion again.”
Pacquiao, 42, last fought last month against Yordenis Ugas of Cuba.
The Philippines’ pride was defeated by the Olympic silver medalist by unanimous decision, and he suggested that his fighting days were numbered.
“You may not see Manny Pacquiao fight again in the ring in the future,” a devastated Pacquiao remarked in the post-fight news conference.
“I’m not certain.” But, for how many decades, I’ve been so delighted with what I’ve accomplished in boxing? I also provide a boxing record and help to elevate boxing to the top.
“And do glory to my country, particularly the Filipino people.”
“I’m proud to be a Filipino, and I’m thankful for all of my supporters throughout the world.”
Rodrigo Duterte is the current president, and his successor will be chosen in a May 9, 2022 election.