Manny Pacquiao: It Was a Long Time Ago Since I've Done That!

Manny Pacquiao: It Was a Long Time Ago Since I've Done That!

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Lucas Matthysse (right) pose during the weigh-in for their WBA welterweight championship fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 14, 2018.

It was the first time in 17 years that Pacquiao had fought without hall of fame American trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, but he looked unfazed throughout.

The low blow hardly slowed Pacquiao, who continued to overwhelm Matthysse in the seventh round before he landed a hard left uppercut that knocked him down for the third time in the fight.

It was Filipino icon Pacquiao's first win inside the distance since 2009 and the 60th victory of his incredible 23-year career, which now looks certain to extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

"Not because he can not win or lose, but I'd like to see my friend rest on his laurels at this time and enjoy life".

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"I'm surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent", Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.

The 35-year-old Argentine, who came in with a reputation as a big puncher, had no answer to Pacquiao's blistering speed and he dropped again in the fifth.

I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more. After weeks of speculation, Pacquiao and Matthysse were introduced by famed ring announcer Michael Buffer and both fighters stepped in the scales and both made the welterweight weight limit of 147 pounds.

"We dictated the pace". "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose - today was my turn to lose, but I lost against a great champion and a legend".

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