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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao denied exemption to participate in 2024 Summer Olympics

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao had hoped to take part in this year’s Summer Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee has notified him that he has been rejected from representing the Philippines.

Pacquiao, 45, needed an exemption from the IOC to participate because the age limit for boxers is 40.

However, the IOC sent him a letter rejecting his request for an exemption.

The Philippines itself reportedly tried to get a “universal” entry, which is given directly to countries with few athletes, to the Olympics.

But that too was not accepted.

“The place of universality is not assigned to anyone” [teams] “The last two Olympics have averaged more than eight athletes in each individual sport/discipline,” the IOC said in a statement. “This is the case with the Philippine Olympic Committee.”

The IOC sent a letter to Manny Pacquiao denying his request for exemption. AFP (via Getty Images)

Pacquiao retired in 2021, but as of February 2023, he has posted videos of himself trying out at a boxing gym, and it appears he still has his patented quick hands.

Of course, Pacquiao isn’t as fast or agile as he was in the late 1990s, when he emerged as a 16-year-old phenom.

Pacquiao won his first world championship, the WBC flyweight title, in December 1998.

Manny Pacquiao, who retired in 2021, needed an exemption from the IOC to participate because the age limit for boxers is 40. AFP (via Getty Images)

From there, he won in seven more different weight classes: junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight.

The rivalry between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was also one of the greatest matchups in recent boxing history, with Mayweather Jr. losing by decision in 2015.

To this day, it remains one of the most lucrative boxing matches of all time, bringing in more than $600 million in revenue.

The Philippines reportedly tried to get a “universal” entry for Manny Pacquiao. AP

Pacquiao’s last professional fight was against Yordenis Ugas, a loss he lost in August 2021.

But Pacquiao, who served in the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016 and then as a senator, deserves praise for his influence in the Philippines.

However, because of this, she was unable to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Pacquiao’s professional record is 62 wins, 8 losses, and 2 draws, with 39 of his wins coming by knockout. He is 60-4 as an amateur.

However, his desire to participate in the Olympics comes from the fact that he has never participated in an Olympics before.

However, despite his illustrious career in the sport, the IOC will not issue an exemption.

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