Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Announces Retirement to Focus on Philippine Presidency

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao officially announced on Wednesday he is retiring from the sport as he is planning to run for the Philippine presidency in the 2022 elections. In a video on social media, the 42-year-old eight-division world champion said, “Goodbye boxing” while he thanked the whole world and the Filipino people for supporting him throughout his career. “I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” Pacquiao said. “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.” The world boxing icon, who is also a Philippine senator and has been dividing his time between politics and boxing, announced earlier this month his candidacy for president. Pacquiao has accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his former ally, of making corruption worse in the Philippines. He promised to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians they “will soon end …

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