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Matthysse tames trash talk this time

/ 05:35 AM July 12, 2018

Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Matthysse and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight boxing title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

KUALA LUMPUR—Lucas Matthysse is no longer going on the record to say he’ll beat Manny Pacquiao into retirement.

After whipping up verbal storms previously, the 35-year-old Argentine WBA welterweight champion, a knockout artist with 36 stoppages in 39 wins, was calmer when he faced the media during Wednesday’s workout.

“It’s (retirement) all up to him,” he said through his head trainer Joel Diaz, who also serves as his interpreter. “But for me, I’m just enjoying everything I’m doing. All the hard work has been done.”

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Even Diaz showed more restraint this time around.

“When you see Manny, he’s very intense fighter, he breaks you down if not physically, mentally,” Diaz said.

His ward hardly worked out and was out of the training gym in less than an hour.

“He’s probably at 149 pounds, just a couple of pounds (off the 147-lb weight limit); it’s not a concern for us because he’s been at that for weeks,” added Diaz.

Matthysse said: “I have a positive mentality. I prepared myself really, really well. My goal is to go home with my belt.”

In a separate corner of the room, Australian George Kambosos, who sparred for 60 rounds with Pacquiao, said “Matthysse is going to have a very painful evening.”

Kambosos was one of Pacquiao’s four spar mates during his eight-week training camp.

The undefeated Kambosos will face Filipino JR Magboo in a lightweight duel serving as one of the undercards.

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