Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of all time, announced his retirement Tuesday night, three months before his 43rd birthday and one month after a decision loss to Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao, the only eight-division champion in boxing history, won his first title at 108 pounds and also captured a title at 154 pounds. Acting Senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao recently announced will run for president in the May elections against the incumbent Rodrigo Duterte.
“It’s hard for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today, I announce my retirement,” Pacquiao said in a video titled “Goodbye Boxing” that was posted on his official Facebook page. “I never thought this day would come. As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) was scheduled to face unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. last month, but after his opponent suffered a retinal detachment, “Pacman” fought Ugas with 11 days. of anticipation.