Pacquiao stops Matthysse to win back world title

Tyler Owen
July 15, 2018

Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose after weigh-ins in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Matthysse is no youngster himself, but he is motivated at the age of 35 to prove to the world he still has the capability to deliver exciting fights.

Duterte flew to Kuala Lumpur for a private visit.

In his first bout since he lost to Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July a year ago, Pacquiao bagged the World Boxing Association's welterweight title in the fight in Axiata Arena stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Fight of Champions will be held at the Axiata Arena with the gates opening at 6 in the morning.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was also invited by Pacquiao to watch the bout and his attendance could very well be a first in all of boxing.

Aside from the world title fights involving the two Filipinos, there will be two more world championships in the Fight of Champions fight card.

Boxing- WBA Welterweight Title Fight- Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse- Axiata Arena Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

"Fighting Manny Pacquiao [is the most hard part about fighting Pacquiao]", said Lucas Matthysse.

Following his shock loss to Australian journeyman Jeff Horn last time out, Pacquiao made a decision to change his corner team, and his new line-up paid immediate dividends. You win some, and you lose some.

Since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australian underdog Jeff Horn, Pacquiao decided to make some changes to his team by leaving long time trainer Freddie Roach in favor of his best friend Buboy Fernandez, and leaving promoter Bob Arum to promote the Matthysse fight himself.

Matthysse dropped to 39-5 record with 36 knockouts.

Filipino boxing analysts said Pacquiao was back in his old form and showed his skill in boxing.

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