Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Matthysse on KO defeat to Pacquiao: It was my turn to lose

Matthysse on KO defeat to Pacquiao: It was my turn to lose

A year after his last professional fight, Manny Pacquiao proved that making the welterweight limit is still not a problem for him as he weighed in a full pound below the limit at 146 pounds at the official weigh-in held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Saturday morning.

Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years as he stopped WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Sunday - the 39-year-old Filipino icon's first knockout win since 2009.

Pacquiao set the pace early, probing for openings and moving menacingly around the ring as he dropped Matthysse for a first time in the third round with an uppercut after a flurry of punches had forced the Argentine onto the defensive.

"At the beginning of round one, I had in my mind that I could control the fight but our strategy is to be patient, to take time, don't rush, don't be careless like we did before, " he said.

A shell-shocked Matthysse had come in with a record of 36 knockouts in 39 wins with just four defeats.

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During the fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao's camp claimed that the lawmaker tore his rotator cuff, which prevented him from throwing jabs against the undefeated boxer. I really love to fight and bring honor to my country.

"We did a good job in training", added Pacquiao.

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

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

Pacquiao, the only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career, tipped the scales at 146 pounds.

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