The boxing legend from the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, announced the end of his illustrious career. A journey that began in 1995 has been slowly coming to a close in the last few years. Now, with an emotional video shared on Facebook and a heartfelt Tweet, Pacquiao decided to end his career.
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
The 42-year-old has had 72 total fights in his career. He won 62, 39 of which through a knock-out. He also drew two times and lost eight bouts in his time as a professional. As it was mentioned above, his career started in 1995 with a fight against Edmund Ignacio, which he won. A couple of years later, Manny Pacquiao won his first title. He bested Chokchai Chockvivat for the OPBF Flyweight title in 1997 when he was just 18 years old.
Of course, the most famous bout of his career was against Floyd Mayweather in 2015. In a much-hyped fight, Pacquiao and Mayweather went the whole 12 rounds and Mayweather won by unanimous decision of the officials.
After that, he had seven fights, of which he won five and lost two. The latest came in August of this year, where he lost to Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugás. Losing that fight meant losing the WBA Welterweight title, and thus the curtains came down on a great career.
Manny Pacquiao has also dabbled into politics and that is where most of his time will go in the future.