After fighting no less than 72 fights (!) In his career, one of the greatest boxers of all time, Mani Pacquiao of the Philippines, announced today (Wednesday) his retirement at the age of 42.
“Thank you to the best fans in the world, and thank you to the best industry there is,” Pacquiao wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for all the amazing memories, this is without a doubt the hardest decision I have ever made in my life, but I am whole with it. Pursue your dreams, work hard and see what happens. Goodbye boxing.”
The last fight in the Filipino’s career was just recently, on August 22nd. Pacquiao entered the arena for the 72nd time in his glorious career, to fight for the WBA World Mixed Weightlifting Championship against reigning champion Jordanian Cuban Jordnis Ogas, who came into the fight as a definite underdog. But age did its thing, and the fact that it was Pacquiao’s first battle in two years didn’t really help him. Unlike his previous fights, this time the Filipino looks tired and less sharp against his opponent who is seven years younger than him. Although he persisted throughout the 12 rounds, he lost by a unanimous refereeing decision, and apparently parted ways with the industry with a loss.
Pacquiao is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, having won the world championship in eight different organizations. He even became the first boxer to win ten World Championship titles in eight different weight categories and was even nicknamed the “Boxer of the Decade” by the American media.
In 2010, in addition to his pursuits as an actor and musician, he also became a politician, when he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives, and to this day he is involved in political affairs in his country. Earlier this month, he announced he would run for president in the Philippines.