Finally. After years of ignoring the clamor for him to retire, after a spectacular 26-year career where he brought home world titles in a record 8 weight classes, after a surprise loss to little-known Yordenis Ugas last August, our very own boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has finally decided to hang up his gloves.
In a glorious run starting in 1995, Pacquiao picked up his first world crown – the WBC flyweight title – in 1998 at a tender age of 19, when he knocked out heavy favorite and defending champ Chachai Sasakul of Thailand. He would lose the title after 2 bouts to another Thai fighter, Medgoen Singsurat, as he struggled to maintain his growing weight.
In 2001, Pacquiao went to the USA to try his luck there, ending up in the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles where he met Freddie Roach. Roach would be his father-figure, his mentor-trainer, his…
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