Pacquiao Shocks Boxing Community By Retiring After Brutal Marquez KO Loss:
"I have Jinkee and the Filipino people to think about now," said Manny Pacquiao in an official statement released on Monday morning from General Santos City in the Philippines. And just like that, after titles in eight divisions, spectacular wins and accomplishments, and status as perhaps the best fighter of his generation, Manny Pacquiao has retired.
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Pacquiao's retirement seems sudden because over the past few months, it had appeared that he decided to continue campaigning. Originally he was planning to fight in April, but that was going to be pushed back until September, to allow himself more time to recover following his knockout defeat against rival Juan Manuel Marquez this past December.
However, apparently the pressure to step away from the squared circle before it was too late became even stronger than we had previously heard.
We already knew his mother and his wife, Jinkee, w...