Canelo Alvarez Reacts to Manny Pacquiao’s Retirement: “It’s Sad to Hear”

Published 09/23/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Over the years, Manny Pacquiao has turned into an all-time great, gaining massive respect from fans all across the globe. His lethal dominance inside the boxing ring is something budding boxers have always looked up to. However, 2021 turned out to be the opposite of Pacquiao’s famed history.

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The ‘Pacman’ succumbed to a shocking defeat at the hands of Yordenis Ugas, following which he announced his retirement from the sport, leaving retro boxing fans absolutely shattered.

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However, contrary to die-hard fans, many boxing purists believe this is just the ideal time for Pacquiao to step out of the game. They believe he is way past his vintage self and there’s nothing more that’s left to prove.

It is sad, indeed

Recently, even the Mexican boxing great, Canelo Alvarez, opened up on the veteran’s retirement and his achievements in the sport. Speaking to Fight Hub TV, he said, “It’s time, I think it’s time, and it’s sad to hear, but he do a lot of things in boxing, so he’s a great fighter.”

Pacquiao maintained a lackluster boxing stint, prior to appearing under the big lights this year. Post his appearance in 2019, the Filipino Senator took a prolonged gap, only to come back again and fight in 2021.

That being said, he faced Yordenis Ugas last month and inactivity was evident in his conduct on fight night. The power-packed puncher couldn’t land one significant hit on Ugas, and he constantly kept looking for those slick combinations.

The lanky Ugas kept him away throughout the fight, and eventually, the veteran ended up losing the contest via a unanimous decision.

What is next for Manny Pacquiao?

Pacquiao has already announced his bid for the presidency for the 2022 elections in the Philippines. He’s already an established star in his country and has a lot to do in the political vertical.

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That being said, ‘Pacman’ has a string of opportunities aligned and there’s nothing he can’t conquer with his brilliance. Undoubtedly, the sky is now the limit.

Moreover, he hung up his gloves from boxing at the right time, as presidential elections were on the brink. Now, the legendary fighter has another career vertical to excel in. And just like he did in boxing, Pacquiao looks promising to have a stellar political career, too.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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