Manny Pacquiao TKOs Lucas Matthysse to capture WBA title

Manny Pacquiao TKOs Lucas Matthysse to capture WBA title

Manny Pacquiao TKOs Lucas Matthysse to capture WBA title

Duterte, who gave Pacquiao two thumbs up after the match, congratulated the senator for bringing pride to the Philippines and uniting Filipinos.

It was the first time in 17 years that Pacquiao had fought without hall of fame American trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, but he looked unfazed throughout. I'm still there. I am back in boxing, "said Pacquiao, who debunked notions that he's a washout after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane previous year".

Young-again Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seven-round knockout of WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.

"You can not say I'm 39 years old!"

"This is true", said Pacquiao.

His aggression knocked Matthysse down on one knee in the third and fifth rounds.

"I am not boasting but.I think he's hurting from my punches. Matthysse is a very tough opponent so I was surprised", Pacquiao said.

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"This is true", said Pacquiao. "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and now it's my turn". He hailed Pacquiao as a "great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss.

It was Pacquiao's 39th KO win of his fabled 23-year career but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, nearly nine years ago.

The audience in Kuala Lumpur included Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who sat next to each other, as well as other top government officials from the two countries. That's my heart's desire, " he added.

"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.

Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years.

Moruti Mthalane from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa got off the canvas to take home the vacant International Boxing Federation flyweight title by outpointing Waseem Muhammad, who was bidding to become Pakistan's first ever world champion.

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