Former eight-weight world champion, Manny Pacquiao has announced he has been promoted to the role of colonel in the Philippines Army.
The 38-year-old Filipino, who is an army reservist and previously held the role of lieutenant colonel, posted a series of pictures on Instagram in his army fatigues.
“Today, I successfully defended my commandant’s paper to be promoted to a full Colonel,” he wrote.
Pacquiao, who is a senator in the Philippines, lost his WBO world welterweight title in a shock defeat by Australian Jeff Horn in July.
His duties as a Filipino senator stopped him from fighting Jeff Horn in a rematch last month after the Australian beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision to capture his world WBO welterweight belt back in July.
Despite having several responsibilities in the various different roles he is currently in, Pacquiao is planning to return to the ring next year and even recently hinted at fighting UFC star Conor McGregor.
He took to Instagram in an effort to tease McGregor into fighting him by posting a picture of him and writing ‘Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018’ earlier this month
Pacquiao started boxing at the age of 14 while living in the streets of Manila for some time. He turned professional when he was 16 years old.
“Many of you know me as a legendary boxer, and I’m proud of that,” he said. “However, that journey was not always easy. When I was younger, I became a fighter because I had to survive. I had nothing. I had no one to depend on except myself. I realized that boxing was something I was good at, and I trained hard so that I could keep myself and my family alive.