“I Don’t Believe It”: Boxing Legend Dismisses Manny Pacquiao’s Retirement

Published 09/30/2021, 9:26 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


After a loss and a lackluster final fight the legend, Manny Pacquiao, has finally concluded his career in the sport. The legendary boxer had remained inactive for a considerable while and eventually couldn’t win his last fight against Yordenis Ugas.

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On top of that, citing the upcoming presidential elections in the Philippines in 2022, the veteran decided to sign off at an ideal time.

Pacquiao’s retirement shook many fans as they wanted to see ‘Pac Man’ compete for a while. But the 42-year-old stayed firm on hanging up his gloves and opening the way for budding boxers.

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Recently, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. who’s also a close friend to Pacquiao, spoke to little Giant Boxing. He also talked to Chavez Sr. about Pacquiao and shed some light on ‘Pac Man’s retirement.

He said, “I don’t know if he retired from boxing. I don’t think so, I don’t believe it. He’s gonna come back again. But you know, honestly, he left a legacy that will be hard to pass. Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter. More than anything, a great human being. Incredible human being.”

In August 2021, Pacquiao entered the ring to challenge Yordenis Ugas for his WBA welterweight ‘super’ title. To everyone’s surprise, the Senator looked washed up in this contest and he hardly was able to land his combinations. Also, because of his short frame, ‘Pac Man’ couldn’t check the distance between him and Ugas with his jabs.

As a result, nothing went in the veteran’s favor and he had to settle for a unanimous decision loss.

Manny Pacquiao – A true ambassador of the sport

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Pacquiao enjoyed a career worth the watch, and he added tremendous accolades to his name. He’s also the only man to hold major titles across eight different weight classes.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With the performances he put inside the ring for almost three decades, ‘Pac Man’ is an undeniable legend. Moreover, his attitude towards life and his ability to help the needy separate him from the rest, pinning him as an ambassador of the game.

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The sport of boxing will never have a star like him again. The fans, fighters, and the entire combat sports community will miss his actions inside the ring.

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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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