Matthysse: My Head is Raised, I Lost To a Legend in Pacquiao

15 July, 2018, 15:36 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Much of the credit for the 60th victory of his legendary career can be laid at the door of conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who told AFP before the fight that "the old Pacquiao" was back thanks to a new training program. "I came out smoking hot".

As to what's in store for him, Pacquiao said there are many fights out there, mentioning Amir Khan, Terrence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko as possible opponents.

It was the first time in 17 years that Pacquiao had fought without hall of fame American trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, but he looked unfazed throughout.

Pacquiao thus ended a long knockout drought since stopping Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto in 2009 and added his first WBA title to his collection of 12 world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

Pacquiao's knockout victory was a long time coming, said James Puebla, a nursing student.

Speaking of American TV companies, if you're in the States tonight and you want to watch it you're only option is a Pacquiao vs Matthysse live stream.

Pacquiao said he worked hard but was surprised by the swift win in the World Boxing Association welterweight title fight.

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When a right-left combination thudded home to send Matthysse crashing down for a third time in the seventh round referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to save him from further punishment.

Pacquiao hadn't fought since his shock unanimous decision defeat to Jeff Horn in July 2017, but had Matthysse on the canvas twice - once in the third round and again in the fifth - before landing the knockout at 2:40 of the seventh frame.

"May you continue to inspire Filipinos not only in boxing but also in the public service", Duterte said.

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. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did".

"I've already spoke to the prime minister and the equipment we used in Kuala Lumpur for this training will be donated to the government".

Lu Bin's fearless bid for a record world title win in just his second professional fight came crashing to earth when he was knocked out in the dying seconds of his battle with experienced WBA light flyweight champion Carlos Canizales of Venezuela.

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