Matthysse due; Os­car skips trip

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - – Abac Cordero

Reign­ing WBA wel­ter­weight cham­pion Lu­cas Matthysse boarded a Philip­pine Air­lines flight to Manila yes­ter­day noon and in time for to­day’s for­mal press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing his July 15 show­down with Manny Pac­quiao.

Matthysse was joined in the long flight by his man­ager, Mario Arano, ac­cord­ing to LA-based photo-jour­nal­ist Jhay Otamias.

Os­car dela Hoya of Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions, who han­dles the ca­reer of the Ar­gen­tine cham­pion, did not make the trip to Manila.

No rea­son was given for Dela Hoya’s fail­ure to join the press con­fer­ence in Manila to­day and in Kuala Lumpur on Fri­day. In­stead, Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions pres­i­dent Eric Gomez is fly­ing in.

Pac­quiao and Matthysse will come face to face this noon at the City of Dreams. Then on Thurs­day evening they travel to the Malaysian cap­i­tal for Fri­day’s press con­fer­ence.

Matthysse should be back in the United States on Sun­day.

The 35-year-old Ar­gen­tine with 36 knock­outs in 39 wins said a few days ago he wants to add Pac­quiao’s name to his long list of vic­tims.

“I’m not think­ing about the score­cards – I’m think­ing about knock­ing [Pac­quiao] out,” said Matthysse.

“Hope­fully I can re­tire Manny Pac­quiao. We are pre­pared for that, pre­pared to win,” he added.

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