First knockout in nine years: Pacman reigns over Matthysse

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  • Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao wins over Lucas Matthysse
  • He reclaimed the WBA Welterweight title on Sunday, July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Rodrigo Duterte watched the fight and is proud of Pacquiao

Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao proved to the world he still possesses the killer punch that made him a champion several years ago.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao reigned over Argentinian Lucas Matthysse via a 7th round knockout to reclaim the WBA Welterweight title on Sunday, July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.

“The Dream Match” was also his 60th win in his boxing career.

The 35-year-old Matthysse  found out that the Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao was too much to handle; evident in the majority of the rounds.

A number of analysts said the fight of champions turned into a lopsided victory for Pacman.

The southpaw boxer sent Matthysse reeling to the canvass three times. The first was in the 3rd round after an uppercut, then in the 5th with a pair of right jabs to the chest. In the 7th round he went down again after a left uppercut from Pacquiao.

It was also Pacman’s first win in nine years; since knocking down Miguel Cotto in 2009. His record is now 60-7-2, with 39 Kos.

SportsCenter tweeted Pacquiao’s performance as “vintage”.

The boxing champ senator was all prayer of thanks after the fight.

“Thank God for this victory. This is all dedicated to God and all the Filipino people. Thank you to our country and our president for watching this fight,” Pacman said in a post-fight interview, as per a CBS Sports story.

He also expressed his gratitude to his PH team: “We did a good job and my team in training. We were not pushing hard like we did when we were very young. We controlled ourselves in the training but it’s heavy training. Thanks to all of my team for working hard in this fight.”

Matthysse acknowledged his defeat; saying: “Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Today was my turn to lose and I lost to a great fighter and a great legend in Manny Pacquiao.”

Is this Pacman’s last fight?

Pacquiao disclosed that he is still undecided with regards to booking another fight in the future or finally hanging up his gloves; adding that right now, he’s just happy to go back to his country in the Philippines and to celebrate the victory and, of course, return to his job as a public servant.

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Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who also watched Pacquiao’s fight together with his son Baste, said in an ambush interview after the bout that he would prefer for his friend Pacquiao to finally hang his gloves; saying: “Not because he cannot win or lose, but I’d like to see my friend rest on his laurels at this time and enjoy life. He has so much money already.”