Tributes poured on social media following Manny Pacquiao’s announcement that he is retiring from professional boxing.
Pacquiao’s name trended on Twitter Wednesday after posting his 14-minute video titled “Goodbye boxing,” which already gained more than 7,000 retweets and 21,000 likes four hours after it was made public.
On Facebook, it already has 199,000 views, 16,000 likes and 3,500 comments as of this writing.
Cuban fighter Yordenis Ugas, who prevailed over Pacquiao last month and became the Filipino pound-for-pound king’s last opponent, kept his message short in a Twitter post.
“Legend forever,” Ugas wrote, retweeting Pacquiao’s video message.
Legend forever https://t.co/rSANreR368— Yordenis Ugas (@YordenisUgas) September 29, 2021
Several international sports outlets that include ESPN, SportsCenter, Sports Illustrated, The Bleacher Reports sent well wishes to Pacquiao, whose illustrious career spanned decades.
Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing— ESPN (@espn) September 29, 2021
Pound-for-pound, one of the greatest to ever step in the ring. pic.twitter.com/Vb8eeMOsKs
Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 29, 2021
Only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades
Only boxer to win a title in eight different weight classes
25-7-2 (11 KOs) against former or current world champions
What a career pic.twitter.com/2n8YcP2Qbx
Breaking: Manny Pacquiao has officially retired from boxing— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 29, 2021
Congratulations on a marvelous career, Pac Man! pic.twitter.com/Bj0sMWorDb
Athletes, boxing journalists and fans also thanked his contribution to the sport.
Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he’s retired from boxing at the age of 42 following his defeat to Yordenis Ugas. He leaves the sport as an eight-weight world champion across four different decades, one of the greatest boxers of all time. [@ToniGonline] pic.twitter.com/KvZt1TbFNu— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 20, 2021
Don’t think anyone will ever have an introduction like Manny Pacquiao! 8 division world champ! One of the best to ever do it! Grew up from nothing to somebody! pic.twitter.com/WlrfOPe0oP— TheBlackMessiah01 (@BlackMessiah01) September 29, 2021
Thank you, GOAT!!!! @MannyPacquiao— Chris Ross (@cmross6) September 29, 2021