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‘I’m done’: Manny Pacquiao says he misses boxing, but won’t fight again

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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.

In this photo taken on November 11, 2021, Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao gestures during an interview with AFP at his residence in Manila. – (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP) /

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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