Manny Pacquiao confirms his boxing career is ‘ALL OVER’ after his defeat to Yodenis Ugas last month – with the legendary fighter poised to shift his focus to running for President of the Philippines
- Ex-World Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao Says He’s ‘Done’ With Boxing
- The Philippine star suffered a loss of points from Yordenis Ugas in August
- Pacquiao insists his career is ‘already over’ and now he has to think about his family
Legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao has effectively announced that he is retiring from the sport after 72 professional fights – confirming that his career is ‘already over’.
The eight-division world champion, widely regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound stars of all time, suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Yordenis Ugas last month and has since given heavy hints that he can finally land his gloves. hang for good.
Now, the 42-year-old has claimed he won’t fight anymore because his family has told him ‘enough’, while the veteran now keeps an eye on the Philippine presidency.
Manny Pacquiao has confirmed his career is ‘already over’ after 72 professional fights
He suffered a defeat to Yordenis Ugas last month and has hinted he could soon call it a day
‘My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,” Pacquiao told the YouTube channel Ton talks.
“It’s done because I’ve been boxing for a long time and my family says enough is enough. I just kept going [to box] because I am passionate about this sport.’
If Pacquiao keeps his promise to call it a day, he will have completed a career that saw him take 62 wins – 39 via knockout – with eight defeats and two draws.
He began his professional career way back in 1995, winning his first world flyweight title in 1998, before taking further titles at superbantamweight in 2001, featherweight in 2004, and all the way up to superwelter – beating Keith Thurman to his eighth belt in 2019 secure.
The 42-year-old has since revealed that he will run for president of the Philippines next year
He wants to fight corruption and accepted a nomination from the PDP-Laban Party
However, he stressed that he will not completely turn his back on boxing and says he will give his advice and experience to emerging fighters in his country.
“I’ll just support other boxers so we can have a champion again.”
For now, Pacquiao is concentrating on the world of politics, an area he has been working on for some time after he was elected to the country’s House of Representatives in 2010 to represent the province of Sarangani, and announced his intention to to run for president next year.
He has campaigned against government corruption in his home country and what he calls a snug relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and China, and has accepted a nomination from the PDP-Laban party to act against him.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter in and out of the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said in a speech streamed live at the meeting. “I accept your nomination as a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of the Philippines.”