Manny Pacquiao to Challenge Chess Legend Magnus Carlsen on October 1

Published 09/30/2021, 9:24 AM EDT


On September 29, Manny Pacquiao announced his departure from the sport of boxing. After winning 62 of his 72 professional bouts and becoming a champion in eight different divisions, Manny Pacquiao is now finally closing this 26-year-long chapter in his life.

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Many were surprised when Pacquiao agreed to fight Yordenis Ugas in August. Even at 42, he looked strong, fast, and agile; his form was perhaps even better than most still in their ‘prime’.

However, his age definitely factored into the picture in his last fight. As a result, the Cuban WBA (Super) welterweight champion retained his title and defeated Pacman via unanimous decision.

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Despite being retired from the sport, the champion in Manny Pacquiao simply does not know a life without challenges and competition.

Among some other new significant additions to his life, Manny Pacquiao recently shared that he is now all set to face chess legend, Magnus Carlsen in a charity exhibition challenge on the ‘Meltwater Champions Chess Tour’ show.

He announced on Twitter –

I’ve fought some tough opponents in the ring, but I’ve never faced anyone like @magnuscarlsen in a game of chess. He’s a true champ. Wish me the best for October 1, when I appear on the @champchesstour show!“.

Manny Pacquiao has a new goal in life and it’s massive

Manny Pacquiao is now ready to focus on the next phase of his life.

The boxing legend from the Philippines has recently announced candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections.

Manny Pacquiao is a huge name in his home country and stands a solid chance at replacing Rodrigo Duterte, the current President.

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Apart from just attaining excellence inside the squared circle, ‘Pacman’ has also been serving as an active Senator since 2016.

It seems the 42-year-old is viewing this as yet another challenge in his career. Along with his announcement, he added that he is a fighter, both in and out of the ring.

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I’m a fighter and will always be a fighter, inside and outside of the ring. All my life, I haven’t backed down from any fight. Nothing is impossible if it’s ordained by God,” said Manny Pacquiao.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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