KUALA LUMPUR - Manny Pacquiao declared that he is ready and feeling good for Saturday’s WBA welterweight title fight against Lucas Matthysse.
The eight-division champion arrived to Malaysia late on Monday where he was greeted by a large group of Philippine media at Le Meridien hotel.
“I feel good. I had a great camp (at Gen. Santos City). I would like to thank my MP Promotions team for doing a good job,” he told ESPN.com on Monday.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao will fight Argentina's Matthysse for the WBA "regular" welterweight belt at the Axiata Arena.
Pacquiao will be without Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time in 17 years. Th eboxer's assistant trainer and best friend Buboy Fernandez handled his training this time.
“Everything went along just fine. I got a tan because I have been training a lot outdoors in GenSan,” he added.
Marvin Somodio, who was Roach's assistant and helped prepare Pacquiao, believes there is a good chance that Matthysse will get stopped.
Even at 39-years-old, Somodio feels Pacquiao will just be too quick and too good for Matthysse, who likes stationary targets.
“Matthysse has power in both hands,” said Somodio to the Philippine Star.
“He likes it when you stand in front of him or when you’re in the ropes or in the corner. If he catches Manny with his left hook or right hand, he can hurt him but I think Manny is too quick. Manny has to use angles, box and break him down. Once he sees Matthysse backing up, Manny can finish him as long as he’s in good shape.”
“It’s a big possibility that Manny will stop Matthysse. Manny isn’t the same fighter he was but he’s still one of the best in the world and so much faster than Matthysse. What I’ve noticed is Matthysse gets frustrated when he misses.”