Pacquiao dethrones Lucas Matthysse to claim WBA welterweight title

15 July, 2018, 15:33 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory Sunday with a seventh-round knockout of Argentinian Lucas Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years, that will help revive his career. "I came out smoking hot".

"It's most hard to be fighting Manny Pacquiao", he said.

And Pacquiao quickly gave credit to bosom buddy Buboy Fernandez, who took over the coaching rein from Freddie Roach.

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.

The predominantly Filipino and Asian fans cheered on Pacquiao as he stepped in the stage and waved at the crowd while Matthysse was supported by his close friends, family and his Golden Boy promotional outfit.

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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"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".

Duterte said: 'I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more'.

In the seventh round, the cheers were deafening as the referee stopped the fight with Matthysse kneeling on the canvas. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did". Pacquiao slips in an uppercut between Matthysse's guard and backs him up some more.

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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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