Sep 29, 2021 - Sports

Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing ahead of presidential run

 Manny Pacquiao gestures to fans after his WBA welterweight title fight against Yordenis Ugas at T-Mobile Arena on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao gestures to fans after his WBA welterweight title loss to Yordenis Ugas at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao announced Wednesday his retirement from boxing ahead of his run for president of the Philippines next year.

The big picture: The 42-year-old, who's also a Philippines senator, said in a video posted on his Facebook page that it's "difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over." Pacquiao won 12 world titles in a 72-fight career, with 62 wins. He's the only boxer ever to win titles in eight different weight divisions.

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