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Pacquiao's Olympic Dream Crushed by Age Restriction A Farewell to a Boxing Legend"

Pacquiao’s Olympic Dream Crushed by Age Restriction: A Farewell to a Boxing Legend”

In a heartbreaking blow to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has shattered his dream of competing in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The 45-year-old retired champion aimed to cap off his illustrious career with an Olympic gold medal for the Philippines but faced an insurmountable obstacle – the IOC’s age restriction of 40 for Olympic contenders.

Pacquiao’s plea for an exemption fell on deaf ears, as fans and officials alike deemed it unfair for the aging legend to potentially deny a younger, aspiring boxer the chance to make a mark on the Olympic stage. The sentiment is clear: Pacquiao has already basked in the glory of a highly successful career, amassed wealth, and is financially secure for life.

The rejection of Pacquiao’s Olympic bid not only closes the door on a fairy-tale ending but also signals the likely conclusion of his storied boxing journey. With his last professional bout in August 2021 resulting in a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas, Pacquiao, at 42, appeared a shadow of his former self, contrasting starkly with the fighter who conquered the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Keith Thurman, and Oscar De La Hoya.

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Abraham Tolentino, the International Olympic Committee president, expressed regret over Pacquiao’s disqualification, acknowledging the necessity for all athletes, regardless of their status, to undergo qualifiers in the pursuit of Olympic participation.

As the curtain falls on Manny Pacquiao’s Olympic aspirations, it also marks the end of a historic era in boxing. The rejection by the IOC underscores the reality that Pacquiao, once a dominant force in the ring, is not expected to make a return to the professional stage. The prospect of a gold medal in the 2024 Olympics now remains a distant and unattainable dream for the boxing legend.

In essence, the age restriction has become the final opponent that Manny Pacquiao cannot conquer, bringing a poignant end to an extraordinary career that has left an indelible mark on the sport of boxing.

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