Monday, April 23, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Matthysse out to end Pacman’s career with KO

05:02 AM April 16, 2018

Lucas Matthysse wants to gain international acclaim and reinforce his reputation as a knockout artist when he dangles the World Boxing Association welterweight crown against Manny Pacquiao on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.

The Argentine, who has stopped 36 of his 39 victims while incurring only four losses, thinks he wields enough power to send the Filipino eight-division world champion into retirement with a knockout victory.

“I know that my hands in this division feel stronger. I’m not thinking about the scorecards—I’m thinking about knocking [Pacquiao] out,” Matthysse, a former light welterweight champion,  told BoxingScene.com.

ADVERTISEMENT

And, if he does, the 35-year-old from Chubut, knows that bountiful opportunities will come his way.

“I know that winning opens the doors of heaven for the future, but now I’m only thinking about this fight. Either I lose everything or I gain everything,” said Matthysse, who is arriving in Manila for the prefight press conference on April 20. “Hopefully I can retire Manny Pacquiao, we are prepared for that, prepared to win.”

Though aware of the sterling credentials of Pacquiao, 57 (38 KOs)-6-2, Matthysse knows the former pound-for-pound king is far from his peak form at 39 years old.

Preoccupied with his legislative duties as senator, Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing his WBO 147-pound crown to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July last year.

In addition, Pacquiao’s bunches of punches have dwindled in such a way that he hasn’t knock out  an opponent since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009.

This early, Matthysse is already painting the possible scenarios of his 12-round fight with Pacquiao.

“I imagine parts of the fight, I like that he is a fighter like me, we must be attentive and prepared,” said Matthysse.  —ROY LUARCA

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Lucas Matthysse, Manny Pacquiao
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

216 abused Filipino workers back from Kuwait

April 24, 2018 12:48 AM

entertainment

Carlo Aquino’s advice to his younger self

April 24, 2018 12:47 AM

entertainment

What Ruru has learned from breakups

April 24, 2018 12:43 AM

entertainment

No more mimicking of other singers for Sarah G

April 24, 2018 12:36 AM

entertainment

Arci Muñoz willing to propose to bf

April 24, 2018 12:15 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved