Pacquiao stops Matthysse to win back world title

Boxing experts react to Manny Pacquiao's KO win

Boxing experts react to Manny Pacquiao's KO win

Kuala Lumpur - If there were any remaining doubts that the championship bout between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse is in jeopardy - they all disappeared after the official weigh-in festivities Saturday morning in Kuala Lumpur.

"I am ready. Everything is under control", said the 39-year-old Pacquiao. "I came out smoking hot". His itinerary included watching Pacquiao's fight on Sunday before meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad the following day.

And Pacquiao quickly gave credit to bosom buddy Buboy Fernandez, who took over the coaching rein from Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao, the only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career, tipped the scales at 146 pounds.

Pacquiao hadn't fought since his shock unanimous decision defeat to Jeff Horn in July 2017, but had Matthysse on the canvas twice - once in the third round and again in the fifth - before landing the knockout at 2:40 of the seventh frame.

"He did a good job", said Pacquiao, who praised the entire training team for keeping him in check during the preparations back home.

"Right now I'm happy to go back to my country to celebrate the victory", he said.

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"I'm surprised I knocked him down so early", said Pacquiao.

A fan reacts during a televised broadcast of the welterweight boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse, at a gym in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2018.

"We dictated the pace".

Matthysse is no youngster himself, but he is motivated at the age of 35 to prove to the world he still has the capability to deliver exciting fights.

"I didn't expect the win but I really trained hard for this fight for three long months", said the big-punching Tepora who extended his unbeaten record to 22 wins with 17 inside the distance.

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