Pacquiao stops Matthysse to win back world title


"It was my time to lose and I lost to a great legend in Manny Pacquiao".

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout victory against Argentinian fighter Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia, his first stoppage win in nearly a decade. "This training is very special".

Looking like the Pacquiao of old, Manny dominated Matthysse, outstriking the Argentinian brawler and scoring a couple of knockdowns in the process.

"I am feeling good", Matthysse told AFP as he was about to demolish a fruit platter for his post weigh-in meal after coming in the heavier man, just under the limit at 146.7 pounds.

"I'm not done yet".

Reaping the benefits of an intensive eight-week training camp in General Santos, Pacquiao applied pressure on Matthysse from the opening bell and lived up to his promise of throwing more punches.

He rebounded from his disappointing loss previous year to Australian Jeff Horn and his victory could extend his boxing career that had taken a backseat to his political life as a Filipino senator.

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By the 7th round, Matthysse's confidence was gone and his wobbly legs finally gave way.

Pacquiao, for his part, thanked the 2 world leaders for their presence at his fight.

Even after watching Senator Manny Pacquiao score his 60th win through a clinical knockout of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he wants to see his "friend" hang the gloves.

Shaken and humbled, Matthysse fell to 39-5, 36 of those victories by knockout.

In the seventh round, the cheers were deafening as the referee stopped the fight with Matthysse kneeling on the canvas.

"I didn't expect the win but I really trained hard for this fight for three long months", said the big-punching Tepora who extended his unbeaten record to 22 wins with 17 inside the distance.

"This convincing victory is in honor of my country", added Pacuiao, who paid tribute to Duterte after Michael Buffer made the official announcement. His itinerary included watching Pacquiao's fight on Sunday before meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad the following day.