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Boxer Manny Pacquiao announces retirement

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Boxer Manny Pacquiao announces retirement
Boxer Manny Pacquiao (R), who retired early Wednesday, posted a record of 62 wins, eight losses and two draws over his 26-year tenure in the sport. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Boxing great Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement early Wednesday, ending one of the most-succesful tenures in the sport.

"Boxing has always been my passion," Pacquiao said in a video posted on his social media platforms. "I was given the opportunity of representing the Philippines, bringing fame and honor to my country every time I entered the ring.

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"I am grateful for all of my accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire the fans."

Pacquiao, 42, made his boxing debut on Jan. 22, 1995. He posted a 62 wins, eight losses, two draws and 39 knockouts. He won 12 world titles.

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Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision in his last fight on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas.

He thanked the fans, media, his family, coaches and training staff in the 15-minute video he posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"Even me, I'm amazed at what I have done," Pacquiao said. "The only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades and became the oldest boxer to win a world welterweight title, an amazing accomplishment."

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Pacquiao held titles in a record eight weight classes. He now holds a seat in the Philippine Senate and plans to run for president in his native country in 2022.

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

"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."

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