Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao, who has also been a legendary boxer for 26 years, announced his retirement from boxing on Wednesday to run for president in the country.
Pacquiao won 12 world titles in eight separate weight classes during his career, and was beloved by the citizens.
“I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao said in a video he posted on social media.
“Thank you for changing my life. When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao continued. “Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives.”
He lost his last fight in August, and is now ready to fight in a different venue–the political one. He has already been endorsed by part of the ruling class in the Philippines and has accepted the nomination to run for president in the next election.
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