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    Manny Pacquiao, the boxing icon and Philippine senator is officially hanging up his gloves. The eight-division world champion announced his retirement from the boxing ring on Wednesday. The 42-year-old posted a video on Facebook saying “I would like to thank the whole world, especially Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,”

    The post further added “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am  announcing my retirement.” Pacquaio had a long 26-year career with 72-fights, 62 of them being wins, eight of them as losses, and two draws. Of his 62 wins, 39 were concluded by knockout and 23 by decision. He has also claimed 12 world titles and is the only man in history to win a title in eight different weight classes.

    His retirement comes after an unfortunate defeat to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada on August 21. Ugas is a younger Cuban boxer who won by unanimous decision and kept his WBA welterweight title. This was Pacquiao’s only fight in more than 2 years.

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