A boxing legend has called it a career.
Late Tuesday night, Manny Pacquiao — the only eight-division world champion in boxing history — announced his retirement from the sport. The decision comes a little over a month following his loss to Yordenis Ugas via unanimous decision for the WBA super welterweight title.
“PacMan” took to Twitter to make the announcement, thanking his fans and supporters for their support over the years.
To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you! Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing. https://t.co/Bde4wO82sA— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 29, 2021
In addition to the tweet, Pacquiao released an emotional 14-minute video on his Facebook page discussing his legendary career and what the sport has meant to him ahead of his “difficult” decision to turn the page.
Pacquiao, 42, is the only boxer in history to hold world championships across four decades. In July 2019, he defeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA super welterweight title. Along with his incredible boxing career, Pacquiao has also served as a senator in the Philippines since 2016, and declared his candidacy for the 2022 Philippine presidential race.
Although he was defeated in the highly anticipated bout, Pacquiao was part of the all-time biggest pay-per-view event against Floyd Mayweather in May 2015, generating 4.6 million PPV buys in his unanimous decision loss to Mayweather.