Pacquiao: Matthysse favorite

first_imgDespite his popularity and credentials, Manny Pacquiao believes Lucas Matthysse will be the favorite when they dispute the Argentine’s World Boxing Association welterweight crown on July 15 (July 14 in the US) in Kuala Lumpur.“I’m the underdog in this fight but I’m used to it. It serves as a big motivation for me to train and fight hard to win the crown,” Pacquiao, the sport’s only eight-division world champion, told AFP news agency.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s on! Can’t wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia—July 14 US time #Pacmanisback.”Malaysia was misspelled Malyasia in both instances.Originally set for June 24, Pacquiao-Matthysse was moved to July 15 because of the Muslim fasting period Ramadan, which is set May 16 to June 14 this year.The Philippine senator said he’s bracing for a tough fight, Matthysse being a knockout artist. He has started light training to shed off ring rust.Though Pacquiao was also known for his punching prowess, the future Hall of Famer with a 59-win (38 knockouts), 7-loss, 2-draw record has failed to knock out an opponent since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Matthysse totes a 39-4 win-loss slate with 36 KOs. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthysse took the vacant 147-pound title with a unanimous decision over Thai Teerachai Sithmorseng in January, while Pacquiao yielded the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July.The showdown between the two aging warriors—Pacquiao is 39 and Matthysse 35—was confirmed by both camps via social media on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Signed, sealed and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion @MatthysseLucas will put his title on the line against @mannypacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia on Saturday night July 14 (US time),” wrote Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions who handles Matthysse, on his Twitter account.Pacquiao responded though his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Superal targets third straight LPGT crown LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img

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