Jinkee Pacquiao expressed her love and support for her husband Manny Pacquiao, who announced his retirement from boxing on Wednesday, September 29.
Reposting her husband's "Goodbye Boxing" video on Instagram, Jinkee recalled how she would always worry whenever Manny stepped inside the ring, especially if his opponents were much bigger and taller than him.
"But you were always full of faith and faced your opponents with courage," she said.
Jinkee said she thanks the Lord every day for keeping her husband safe. She also credited God for Manny's successful and decorated boxing career.
"We are filled with gratitude and love, Jesus," she said.
She then addressed her husband, saying, "Babe, we are always and forever here by your side. I love you."
Fellow celebrities also took to social media to pay tribute to the boxing icon and Philippines senator after he announced his retirement.
"Feels like the end of an era," said television host and athlete Gretchen Ho.
"Mad respect for the fighter that you always were inside the ring," she continued. "As a young athlete, I’ve always admired you for being the smart, gritty, lightning-speed boxer that you were and absolutely never running away from a fight. You take your wins humbly and your losses with your head held up high, leaving it all out on the ring.
"Thank you for one heck of a career and for putting the Filipino athlete on the world map. Saludo."
"You are the Greatest of all time @mannypacquiao!" said actor Rodjun Cruz. "Maraming salamat aming Pambansang Kamao!"
In the 14-minute video he posted on his social media pages, Manny thanked the world, especially his fellow Filipinos, for supporting him for the past 26 years.
"It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement," the boxing icon and Philippines senator said.
"Thank you for changing my life. When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty," he added. "Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives."
Manny's announcement comes after a disheartening defeat to Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas on August 21.
Yordenis won by unanimous decision, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Manny's first fight in more than two years.
On Wednesday, September 29, Manny, who is running for president in the 2022 elections, said that he has "just heard the final bell."
"Tapos na ang boxing," he said.