Pac­quiao, Matthysse ready for fight of cham­pi­ons

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIME SPORTS -

WORLD Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­ter­weight cham­pion Lu­cas Martin Matthysse is set to ar­rive in Manila on April 18 to for­mally ac­cept the chal­lenge of eight divi­sion cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ball­room.

Pac­quiao, the chal­lenger, ex­pressed his ela­tion as his MP Pro­mo­tions com­pany has com­pleted prepa­ra­tions for the two-city press con­fer­ence and me­dia tour end­ing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20.

Dubbed “Fight of Cham­pi­ons,” the mega-fight will usher in Pac­quiao’s de­but as a fight pro­moter at the Ax­i­ata Arena in Kuala Lumpur fea­tur­ing three other world ti­tle fights in the un­der­card.

“It is all sys­tems go for the Pac­quiao vs. Matthysse fight,” said Pac­quiao, who is hop­ing to equal if not sur­pass the ex­pec­ta­tions lead­ing to the grandiose Muham­mad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975.

“We have as­sem­bled the big­gest fight card Malaysia has been wait­ing for in the last 43 years since Ali-Bugner,” added Pac­quiao.

Matthysse, the dan­ger­ous 36-yearold cham­pion from Ar­gentina who tal­lied 36 knock­outs out of his 39 wins, and against only four losses, has started train­ing with Joel Diaz.

Diaz also trained Ti­mothy Bradley, whom Pac­quiao has faced twice in the past.

“This is the fight I have al­ways wanted. The op­por­tu­nity to fight a fu­ture Hall of Famer such as Manny Pac­quiao in­spires me to work harder than ever to earn a vic­tory for my fans. I know that it will not be easy. But I will de­fend my ti­tle with honor and rep­re­sent my coun­try Ar­gentina with pride,” said Matthysse.

Pac­quiao is also set to wel­come Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions pres­i­dent Os­car Dela Hoya, the pro­moter of Matthysse. PR

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