KUALA LUMPUR – Manny Pacquiao, a 39-year-old Filipino senator and boxing icon, will be looking to bounce back from one of the worst defeats of his career and prove he is not in irreversible decline when he takes on power-punching Lucas Matthysse on July 15.
Pacquiao (59-7-2), the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, is challenging Matthysse in Malaysia’s capital for the Argentine’s WBA welterweight title.
In his most recent bout on July 2, 2017, Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title in a shocking defeat at the hands of Australia’s Jeff Horn by unanimous decision.
That loss to a former schoolteacher led to increasing speculation that “Pacman” would hang up his gloves.
But the Filipino boxing great, who was elected to the Philippines’ Senate in June 2016, said afterward that he would continue to fight as long as his passion for the sport remained intact.
The 35-year-old Matthysse, who won the vacant WBA welterweight title with an eighth-round knockout of Thailand’s Tewa Kiram on Jan. 27, is known for his powerful punching.
Thirty-six of his 39 wins have come by knockout; he also has four losses and one no contest in a career that dates back to 2004.