Manny Pacquiao Announces Retirement From Boxing at Age 42

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Manny Pacquiao is the only boxing world champion of eight divisions. He announced his retirement in a Tuesday night video.

He ends his professional career with a record of 62-8-2, including 39 knockout wins.

ESPN's Mike Coppinger reported that Pacquiao said he would be retiring after losing to Yordenis Urgas in an unanimous decision in a WBA title bout for welterweight on Aug. 21.

Pacquiao is now officially recognized as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever to hang up his gloves.

This news comes a week after Pacquiao declared his intention to run for president in The Philippines. On May 9, 2022, elections will take place.

Pacquiao is currently a senator. He has held this position since 2016.

The 42-year old defeated Edmund Enting Ignacio in a unanimous decision on Jan. 22, 1995. He won his 11 first fights, 10 of them when he was only 16 years old.

Pacquiao lost his first match against Rustico Torrecampo in knockout on February 9, 1996. However, he won 28 of his 31 next matches, including 15 consecutively.

Pacquiao won the titles of flyweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight divisions during this 28-1-2 stretch.

Pac-Man lost to Erik Morales in March 2005 by unanimous decision. He also lost the chance to win IBA and vacant WBC International super-featherweight titles. However, he won 15 consecutive matches as a response to his loss and continued an unbeaten streak of seven years and three month.

Here, he won titles in super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight, super welterweight, and welterweight divisions. He won over legends like Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Ricky Hatton, and Erik Morales.

Pacquiao won eight of his 13 final matches during the remainder of his professional career. The stretch began with two losses to Timothy Bradley, and Juan Manuel Marquez. He responded with three consecutive wins, including a rematch victory over Bradley.

The long-awaited and highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao was one of the most talked about of the century.

The WBO welterweight and WBA (Unified) titles, as well as The Ring welterweight titles, were at stake when the legends faced off in Paradise's MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, 2015.

Mayweather prevailed by unanimous decision to win the final round, thereby ending his undefeated career.

Pacquiao won five of six of his next six matches, winning a trio over Bradley. The culmination of this stretch was the WBA (Super) welterweight championship win against Keith Thurman, July 20, 2019.

He didn't enter the ring for 25 more months until Ugas, the underdog, defeated Pacquiao unanimously.

His record is one of the most impressive in boxing history. SportsCenter highlights some highlights.

Now Pacquiao is aiming to become the 17th President in the Philippines. He would succeed Roberto Duterte who announced his intention to run as Vice President.