Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday officially announced his retirement via Facebook, ending speculation about his career in the ring. In a message addressed to his fans, he thanked them for their support and said it was a difficult decision but he was at peace with it. It is time for Pacquiao to focus on becoming President of the Philippines.
After Pacquiao’s last fight against Yordenis Ugas, it was clear that the 42-year-old former 12-time world champion had reached the end. I was just surprised that Manny was in a place where he was ready to admit it to himself. The The Ugas fight was supposed to be against Erol Spence Jr.. After an eye injury, the latter was forced out.
I’m not buying into this entity Pacquiao’s latest fight. After all, he’s a boxer and once he runs for president I think we’ll see him in the ring again in the next few years. It can happen even when he is in office, if he wins. Pacquaio must win, it certainly will not be a victory for those marginalized communities in the Philippines. Manny’s conservative social and political outlook Don’t hate yourself for helping people in this often neglected group, especially Those in the LGBTQ community, Whom he once called “worse than the beast.”
In the case of Manny’s ring career I don’t see him admitting to losing his last memory at the hands of a man that most people haven’t heard of before that fight. If Spence Jr. continued with the war plan, I think he could have swallowed it.
In addition to losing to a lesser known fighter, it’s still boxing. I rarely trust boxers when they retire because they are almost as infamous as pro wrestlers when it comes to retirement and retirement. That big pay day finally calls them all back. One boxer I believe can actually be finished in the ring is Bay Area product, Andre Ward. Done Four years and counting After Ward’s last fight, and not much was said about the return.
For Pacquiao, I just think he’ll get that itch again soon after and want to get back in the ring at least once more. I’m not saying it would be a good decision on his part, but I don’t believe he’s done. Hopefully, his political career went so well that Manny forgot any thoughts about boxing again.
We’ll see if 12 world titles, 62 wins, and being seen by his supporters as the best pound-for-pound fighter of his era will be enough to satisfy Pacman. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll be waiting to get back here, wondering if Pacquiao even bit more than chewed again in the mid-40s.