“My Boxing Career Is Over” – Manny Pacquiao Officially Retires From the Sport

Published 09/21/2021, 12:56 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)


Manny Pacquiao had a stellar 25-year career inside the boxing ring. A journey that began in 1996 has finally ended in 2021. The Filipino legend will no longer step through the ropes as his political duties appear to have exceeded. 42-year-old Pacquiao has recently announced his bid for the Presidential election in his home country Philippines. Already a Senator of the nation, Pacquiao’s upcoming run will demand all his energies.

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As for his in-ring journey, Manny Pacquiao has nothing left to achieve. Following his defeat against Yordenis Ugas for the WBA title, he had vowed to remain active. Nevertheless, Pacquiao has evoked retirement in interaction with Tony Gonzaga.

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Manny Pacquiao said, “My boxing career is over. I’ve been boxing for a long time and my family would always tell me it’s time to stop. I was a kid selling bread before. If I told you I’d be world champion and known all over the world? You’d say that seems impossible.”

The only man to have held belts in eight divisions, Pacquiao, is one of the all-time greats in the sport of boxing. With a resume of 62 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws with 39 knockouts, he won world titles in four different decades, i.e. 90s, 2000s 2010s, and 2020s. Hence, he has done it all and seen it all.

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‘Pac-Man’ began his life through sheer poverty and struggle. He didn’t even have enough food to eat or a place to sleep as a child. Despite that, he could make it to the absolute top, becoming one of the greatest boxers of his era. From generating the richest fight in the sport to amassing untouchable records, Pacquiao has confirmed his place in history.

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)

He has been a role model to the people of his home country and several others all over the world. Now, he will look to channel his fighting spirit in his new role.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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