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Manny Pacquiao Retires From Boxing To Run For President Of Philippines

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Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing to run for president of Philippines

The eight-division world champion announced on social media that his defeat by Yordenis Ugas last month was the final fight of his 26-year, 72-fight professional career

Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will retire from boxing as he prepares to run for president of the Philippines.

The eight-division world champion announced on social media that his defeat by Yordenis Ugas last month was the final fight of his 26-year, 72-fight professional career.

Pacquiao will now focus on his political career as he runs for the highest office in his homeland.

Pacquiao described retiring as the “hardest decision” of his life and insists boxing gave him the chance “to fight my way out of poverty” and “the courage to change more lives”.

“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” said Pacquiao. “I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life.”

He also posted a 14-minute video reflecting on his life and career, with the message: “To the greatest fans and the greatest sport in the world, thank you!

“Thank you for all the wonderful memories. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I’m at peace with it. Chase your dreams, work hard, and watch what happens. Good bye boxing.”

Pacquiao strongly suggested last week that he was going to call it a day following the fight against Ugas.

“My boxing career? My boxing career is already over,” Pacquiao told actress Toni Gonzaga on her YouTube program Toni Talks.

“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough. I just continued [to box] because I’m passionate about this sport.

“I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.”

His decision was the plunged into doubt when his advisor denied the Filipino was hanging up his gloves.

But Pacquiao has now officially quit to focus on his political career.

He does so as the sport’s only eight-division world champion and whose record is littered with legends of the sport.

He can count wins over Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotta among his biggest nights in the ring although he fell short against his long-time rival Floyd Mayweather in 2015.

Pacquiao fought on after that defeat with mixed results, beating Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas before he was upset by Jeff Horn.

He returned with hat-trick of victories over Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman before dropping a unanimous decision to Ugas in what proved to be his final outing.

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INEC Says 132, 626 Voters Cards Uncollected In Anambra

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that 132,626 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be collected in Anambra State.

The commission added that it has relocated six local government area collection centres in the state, as a result of the insecurity ravaging most parts of the country.

The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Queen Elizabeth Agwu, stated this on Wednesday, during a meeting with stakeholders at the state headquarters of the commission.

Agwu who addressed all the political parties representatives, traditional rulers and civil society groups said the local government areas where the relocation of collation centres took place include Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Orumba North, Awka North and Awka South.

She said:“The collection of PVCs has been extended to Saturdays and Sundays in Anambra State.

“We need enough security to carry out this function. If people fail to collect their PVC, they will be shortchanging themselves, and doing a disservice to the people of their area.

“The 2023 general elections will be free, fair and credible, not only in Anambra State but the entire country. We have done the necessary work, and we hope to deliver.”

She gave a breakdown of the figures of uncollected PVCs in most local government areas as follows:

Ayamelum – 1,960; Dunukofia – 6,222; Idemili South – 4’589; Anaocha – 885; Orumba South -6,656; Onitsha South – 12,274; Idemili North – 16,256; Aguata – 12675; Njikoka – 7,009; Ogbaru – 10,755 and Anambra East – 7,717.

Others are Nnewi South – 1,841; Awka North – 1,153; Anambra West – 1,387; Orumba North – 2,393; Oyi – 7,982; Onitsha North – 9,990; Ihiala – 4,058; Nnewi North – 8,700; Ekwusigo – 3,350 and Awka South – 4,971.

 

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Osun LP Guber Candidate, Lasun Rejoins PDP

Yusuf Lasun, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke made the announcement on Wednesday at the PDP presidential rally in Osogbo, the Osun capital.

“The former deputy speaker has joined the PDP family. He used to be in PDP, but today, he has decided to come and join the PDP family,” the governor said.

Lasun, who was present at the rally, hailed supporters after a terse remark.

Lasun had contested the 2022 governorship election in Osun on the platform of the Labour Party (LP).

Adeleke came first in the election; Gboyega Oyetola of the APC placed second; Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came third; while Lasun came a distant fourth.

He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until February when he resigned from the party after losing the party’s governorship ticket.

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I Can’t Contest For President Again; It Will Diminish Me- Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, has said he will never contest for the Presidency of the country again.

The Ex-president said it would amount to diminishing himself if he should decide to begin to lobby people and campaign for election again.

Jonathan said this in an interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday.

The book written by Nathaniel Bivan contains the accounts of the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Villa Chapel during the Jonathan administration, Obioma Onwuzurumba.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I am President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns; I can’t do that again. If I do that, I will diminish myself,” the former President said.

Jonathan said he enjoyed the drama that characterised the rumour earlier in the year that he had purchased a nomination form of the All Progressives Congress to enable him to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

Ahead of the June 2022 APC presidential primary, a group, Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi, purchased the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms in Jonathan’s name.

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