Manny Pacquiao knocks out Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round
15 July, 2018, 15:33 | Author: Delia Walker
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.
In his first bout since he lost to Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July past year, Pacquiao bagged the World Boxing Association's welterweight title in the fight in Axiata Arena stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
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.
When asked what was next for him, Pacquiao said, "I want to defend my title and give a good show in the ring".
Duterte added that he will take inspiration from Pacquiao's triumph when he holds a dialogue with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
"We dictated the pace. We controlled ourselves. It was heavy training and thanks to all my team".
Pacquiao registered the 60th win of a fabled 23-year career Pacquiao registered the 60th win of a fabled 23-year career
Pacquiao's opponent, WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, weighed in at 146.7 pounds.
"That's another story, another discussion", he said. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did".
"We thank our Pambansang Kamao for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag and country but once again uniting Filipinos here and overseas with his display of courage, tenacity, and willpower", he said. "My focus is to go back to my country and relax". Pacquiao used his traditional right jab and lead left to confound the Argentinean throughout, preventing him from finding an offensive rhythm.
The 35-year-old spat out his mouthpiece and referee Kenny Bayless waved the fight off.
"Firstly I'd like to thank them both for being in the stands to witness my fight", the 39-year-old Pacquiao told a news conference later, referring to both Dr Mahathir and Duterte. "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and now it's my turn".
"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.
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