MANILA, Philippines – Some things are better left behind, even if it’s what you love the most.
Ask Manny Pacquiao.
The legendary boxer-turned-politician admitted that walking away from the sport was the hardest decision of his life, but it is the resolve he made with himself as he takes a shot at the highest executive position in the Philippines.
“Hanging up my gloves is the hardest part of my whole life, because I grew up in boxing, so I understand that this is a sport,” Pacquiao said in an interview with AFP.
“I miss boxing, but I don’t think he likes boxing yet. Well, I’m already turning 43, so that’s enough for me. I mean, I’m done, ”Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao, often considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is the only fighter to win world titles in seven and eight weight classes.
Starting out as a scrawny lightweight flyweight, Pacquiao would win his first world flyweight title before winning the heaviest at super welterweight.
He has since retired after losing to Yordenis Ugas in a fight for the WBA super welterweight title in August 2021.
Pacquiao, who was already a senator when he fought Ugas, later focused on the presidential race as standard-bearer of the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) party.
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