After a successful 26-year career, Filipino champ and ‘Pambansang Kamao’ Manny Pacquiao is stepping away from the ring and is permanently hanging up his boxing gloves. 

The eight-division world champion confirmed his departure from the sport on Wednesday (September 29) through a 14-minute video on Facebook. 

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today, I am announcing my retirement,” Pacquiao announced. 

“I never thought that this day would come. As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao,” he added. 

“Goodbye boxing, thank you for changing my life.”

His decision to retire comes a little over a month after his fight with Cuban fighter Yordenas Ugas, which he failed to clinch. 

By permanently closing the curtains to his boxing career, Pacquiao is opening new doors as a politician in the Philippines. 

Elected as a senator in 2016, the General Santos City native has made his plan to run for the country’s top-most post official. 

The 42-year-old threw his hat into the candidate pool two weeks ago and accepted PDP-Laban’s nomination. 

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