Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Pacquiao beats Matthysse to claim WBA welterweight title

Pacquiao beats Matthysse to claim WBA welterweight title

Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao looks to rebound from a disappointing title loss in 2017 when he challenges Lucas Matthysse on Saturday for his WBA secondary welterweight title.

Oscar De La Hoya who promotes the WBA champion Matthysse believes the fight can go either way, either Lucas by KO or Pacquiao by decision, he predicts that the fight will deliver in terms of excitement due to their aggressive natures.

The low blow hardly slowed Pacquiao, who continued to overwhelm Matthysse in the seventh round before he landed a hard left uppercut that knocked him down for the third time in the fight.

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It was a dominant, devastating display as "smoking hot" Pacquiao registered the 60th win of a fabled 23-year career that now looks certain to extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

He was floored again in the fifth round after a flurry of punches from Pacquiao.

"I said he (Pacquiao) is 39", President Duterte said, relaying his conversation with Pacquiao in an ambush interview after the fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday. "You win some, you lose some", Matthysse said.

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Roque, in a statement, thanked the 39-year-old Pacquiao for bringing honor to the country anew through his 60th victory.

Tepora cited Pacquiao as his inspiration.

The Filipino dropped the champion three times in the fight, the first coming from a beautifully timed left hook in round three as the veteran dominated.

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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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