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article imageManny Pacquiao to retire from boxing in three years

By Leo Reyes     Nov 24, 2010 in Sports
Speaking before his colleagues in congress last Monday, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing in three years.
The lower house has awarded Pacquiao a congressional medal for his achievement in sports. He received a congressional medal for the second time.
Pacquiao is fresh from his victory over Mexican Antonio Margarito last November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Manila Standard Today reports:
In accepting the congressional award, Pacquiao said he was inspired in the ring by the love for his country, and that his achievements show Filipinos can excel against all odds.
“My championship belt in the eighth weight division, the first in the history of boxing, shall forever cement the Filipino people as the eighth wonder of the world,” Pacquiao said.
In the Senate or the upper house, Senator Francis Pangilinan filed Resolution 280 honoring Pacquiao as the greatest Filipino athlete of all time, having won eight world titles in eight different weight divisions in boxing.
“Pacquiao has brought so much pride and honor to our country by breaking world records and becoming the first boxer in history to win eight world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is in the same league as Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, even Muhammad Ali. He is already one of the best boxers of all time, but to us he is the greatest Filipino athlete.”
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum is currently lining up at least three possible opponents for Pacquiao's next fight which include Floyd Mayweather, Jr, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
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