According to a report by TMZ Sports, Manny Paquiao will hang up his boxing gloves next year to focus on politics. In the words of Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, the 36-year-old veteran is likely to participate in one last hurrah before officially retiring.
This isn’t the first time politics has received Pacquiao’s undivided attention. His name has appeared on a Congressional ballot for two years and Pacquiao is quite sure that running for senator – and eventually President of the Philippines in 2022 and beyond – is where his newfound passion will be for his remaining years as he rallies voters in his People’s Champ Movement political party.
Of his 57 boxing bout wins, 38 of his victims have succumbed to a knockout and despite losing in 12 rounds to Mayweather in the Welterweight Championship this past May, Pacquiao has rightfully engraved himself as one of the world’s most elite athletes.
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