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.
In his first fight without trainer Freddy Roach, who he parted ways with after the Horn defeat, Pacquiao said he became much smarter with his training.
Following his shock loss to Australian journeyman Jeff Horn last time out, Pacquiao chose to change his corner team, and his new line-up paid immediate dividends.
Manny Pacquiao began his professional ring career as a teenager, and in 23 years has compiled a 60-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 knockouts.
"You have proven time and again that you are not just a public servant, but one of the greatest boxers of all time", the President said. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did".
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The 33-year-old Portuguese signed a four-year deal with the Turin-based club. "These nine years have been absolutely marvellous". I'm leaving, but this shirt, this crest, and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to feels these things wherever I am.
The 35-year-old Matthysse, who came in with a reputation as a big puncher, had no answer to Pacquiao's blistering speed and he dropped to his knee at the end of the fifth round for a count after being visibly shaken by a barrage including a left to the temple.
"I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more", Duterte said. "Matthysse has a lot of punching power but I don't think he's fast enough on his feet to outmaneuver sir Manny". "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose - today was my turn to lose, but I lost against a great champion and a legend".
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Prime Minister Mahathir, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman attended the fight, regarded as the biggest boxing event in the country after the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Joe Burger bout at Merdeka Stadium. He hailed Pacquiao as a "great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss.
"I am addicted to boxing".