Pacquiao, Matthysse make weight for title bout

Mae Harvey
July 15, 2018

Manny Pacquiao scored his first knockout win, and the 60th overall of his illustrious career on Sunday afternoon in Malaysia by stopping Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round.

Pacquiao, 39, said his "convincing victory" in the World Boxing Association welterweight title fight, his 12th championship win, showed age isn't a barrier.

The final blow came in the seventh round as Matthysse was sent to his knees for the third time, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to end the fight.

If he is able to defeat Matthysse comfortably and win another world title he might continue, if he loses either by knockout or lopsided hard fought decision he may decide to hang them up for good and focus on his political career in the Philippines.

"Pacquiao is a great fighter".

"We dictated the pace".

Pacquiao will also be without the services of his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after parting ways.

Oscar De La Hoya who promotes the WBA champion Matthysse believes the fight can go either way, either Lucas by KO or Pacquiao by decision, he predicts that the fight will deliver in terms of excitement due to their aggressive natures.

Fight of Champions will be held at the Axiata Arena with the gates opening at 6 in the morning. "Thank you, Pacquiao", he said.

Tepora unleashed a wicked short right hand in the ninth round to knock down Ortega for the first time in what had been to that point an even contest.

Carlos Canizares of Venezuela (20-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his WBA light flyweight title and unbeaten record on the line against Chinese rookie Lu Bin (1-0, 1 KO), who could become the first boxer in history to win a world title in his second professional fight.

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