Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao says boxing career over

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Pacquiao says boxing career over

Manny Pacquiao and Sean Gibbons. Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao leaves the sport that propelled him to stardom as he seeks the presidency in 2022

Manny Pacquiao is no longer fighting in the ring.

“My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,” Pacquiao told actress Toni Gonzaga in Filipino on her YouTube program Toni Talks on Sunday, September 19.

“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough. I just continued [to box] because I’m passionate about this sport.”

Pacquiao, who declared he is running for the presidency under the PDP-Laban faction of his and fellow Senator Koko Pimentel on Sunday, made it clear, however, that he was not leaving boxing altogether.

“I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.”

Pacquiao, boxing’s lone eight-division world champion, has long been helping Filipino boxers by way of his MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions headed by Sean Gibbons.

Already in the MP stable are World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero and International Boxing Federation super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas.

Also in the fold are unbeaten featherweight Mark Magsayo, Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, and world title contender Jonas Sultan. – Rappler.com