KUALA LUMPUR – Manny Pacquiao has predicted an entertaining bout against Lucas Matthysse at a press conference on Thursday ahead of their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that he had chosen to fight Matthysse because of his aggressive style and expects a “lot of action” in Sunday’s bout.
“I believe we can create good action in the ring so the fans will be happy,” Pacquiao said.
Matthysse, meanwhile, lauded Pacquiao as a “great champion,” but was unconcerned with the Philippines senator’s future beyond Sunday.
“If he decides to retire after I beat him, then that is his decision. I am here to defend my title,” the Argentine said.
The winner of nine world titles in eight different weight categories and with a record of 59-7-2 (32 KO), the 39-year-old Filipino will return to the ring on Sunday, one year after he surprisingly failed to capture the World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn.
Matthysse, 35, from Argentina, who holds a record of 39-4 (39 KO) took home the welterweight title in January at the Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles, after knocking Thailand’s Tewa Kiram down twice in the eighth round.
Pacquiao, chasing the 60th victory of his illustrious career, arrived in the Malaysian capital on July 10, sharing video clips of his final training preparations ahead of the bout, which could prove to be his last.