Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing on Wednesday through an official announcement on his social media. The Filipino, who was named World Boxing Association (WBA) Centennial Champion this week, put an end to one of the most impressive careers in the history of the sport.
He recently faced Yordenis Ugas for the WBA super welterweight championship and lost in a close decision at 43 years of age, in a gallant demonstration and to the delight of the public, who have appreciated his extensive career.
The Asian began in 1995 and won his first world championship in 1998. From then on, he rose through the ranks and made a name for himself in the boxing world, winning titles in eight different categories and holding a world title in four different decades.
The list of opponents “Pacman” defeated is impressive. Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Shane Mosley are some of the names against whom Pacquiao scored victories.
His punches and his moves, coupled with his smile and his willingness to share with his fans made him a fearsome figure in the ring and loved by all when he stepped out of it.
He has proven to be much more than a boxer, Pacquiao is a living legend and an example to the world. Now that he has set a new goal, to run for the presidency of the Philippines he will open a new cycle in his life and the pioneering organization hopes that his success will be similar to the one he achieved in the sport.
The WBA wishes him all the best for his future and thanks him for all he has done for boxing. Thank you for giving away so many great moments and for being the face of the sport for so many years. Happy retirement, Manny.