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Fight of Champions – Manny Pacquiao x Lucas Matthysse
Fight of Champions – Manny Pacquiao x Lucas Matthysse

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Manny Pacquiao raring to prove that his time is not yet over

A year after a controversial loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia, one of boxing’s all-time greats Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO) is looking to make a statement come July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion is looking to tell the world that he is far from done when he takes on WBA World Welterweight Champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36KO), in a card billed as Fight of Champions and co-promoted by MP Productions and Golden Boy Promotions.

“My time is not yet done and I am going to prove this coming July 15 that Manny Pacquiao is not yet done in boxing,” shared Pacquiao during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the City of Dreams in Parañaque City.

“I will do my best to win convincingly; if I have a chance to finish it right away, I will do it,” said the senator. “But I have to work hard because Matthysse is [that] kind of opponent. This fight in KL is gonna be a good fight. We chose Mathysse because he’s a tough opponent.

“We guarantee people will enjoy this fight because of his style and my style, he’s very aggressive.”

For the defending champion, sharing the ring with Pacquiao is a dream come true.

It’s a dream come true and it’s a great honor for fighting against Manny Pacquiao. He is still a great fighter, very very good,” said the 35-year-old Argentinian.

However, he feels that Pacquiao’s glory days are already over.

“Since the KO by [Juan Manuel] Marquez, I think that he is not the same fighter anymore.

“He’s still very, very good but he’s not on the same level,” he said.

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Pacquiao, being the promoter of the card, made sure to have an Asian flare to the card.

Serving as the co-main event is Cebuano Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16KO) taking on Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1) for the vacant WBO Featherweight Championship.

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