Manny Pacquiao denied bid to compete in Paris Olympics

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Manny Pacquiao denied bid to compete in Olympics

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will not be allowed to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC sent a letter to the Philippines denying Pacquiao an exemption to the rule on the age limit of 40 years old for boxers. Pacquiao, who retired in 2021, is 45 years old.

The former world boxing champion, who has 72 fights and 12 world titles to his record, has never competed in the Olympic Games.

The age limit for Olympic boxing was raised from 34 to 40 in 2013, which would have allowed Pacquiao to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, however, he did not compete at the time since he was elected as senator of the Philippines.

He remains an iconic figure in boxing and is the only boxer in the world to win eight titles in eight weight divisions. He made his professional debut in 1995 at the age of 16. ICA/Expat Media

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