Pac­quiao pre­dicts ac­tion-filled fight against Matthysse

Cebu Libre - - NEWS -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Filipino boxing icon Manny Pac­quiao says he is pre­pared for an ac­tion­packed fight against ag­gres­sive Ar­gen­tinian Lu­cas Matthysse in Sun­day’s world ti­tle bout.

The fight comes a year af­ter Pac­quiao, who turns 40 in De­cem­ber, lost his World Boxing Or­ga­ni­za­tion wel ter­weight ti­tle in a shock de­feat to Aus­tralia’s Jeff Horn in Bris­bane.

Pac­quiao says he chose to fight Matthysse, the cur­rent World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­ter­weight cham­pion, be­cause the Ar­gen­tinian is ag­gres­sive and they could both pro­vide a “lot of ac­tion” in the ring.

He said Thurs­day that vic­tory will be deter­mined by “tal­ent and skill in­side the ring.” Matthysse said he is deter­mined to de­fend his ti­tle and isn’t con­cerned that it could end Pac­quiao’s ca­reer if the Filipino boxer loses.

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