Matthysse vows to beat Pacquiao
KUALA LUMPUR — Wor l d we l terwei g h t champ ion Lucas Matthysse saluted Manny Pacquiao on Thursday but vowed to beat the Filipino boxing legend when they square off on Sunday.
“He is a great champion but he still hasn’t faced ’The Machine’,” Argentina’s Matthysse told reporters at a packed press conference in Kuala Lumpur ahead of their WBA title clash.
“If he decides to retire after I beat him then that is his decision, I am here to defend my title.”
Veteran Pacquiao, who is chasing a 60th win of his long career, will turn 40 in December and has not fought since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane a year ago.
Knockout specialist Matthysse has finished 36 of his 39 wins inside the distance and won the vacant WBA belt after an eighth-round stoppage of Horn,” added Fortune, who said the appointment of experienced American referee Kenny Bayless would ensure Matthysse couldn’t get away with anything illegal.
“He’s a very fair ref and he won’t stand for any head butts, any elbows, anything like that,” said Fortune.
AndMatthysse’s trainer Joel Diaz hit back at accusations that his fighter was only in Asia to pick up a big pay day.
“We got everything ready to g o. Lu c a s Matthysse is not here for a paycheck he is here to take his title back to his people,” said Diaz of his fighter who has a 39-4 record.
Matthysse’s last defeat came against Ukrainian Viktor Postol for a WBC super lightweight world title fight in October 2015.
“It cost us 14 years of hard work for Lucas to be a champion. He is not going to come here and give up his belt.”
PHILIPPINE senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao (left) poses with Argentine World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on Sunday, July 15, for the WBA welterweight title in Malaysia.