By Elisinio Castillo
At 35 and with more than 15 years as a professional boxer, Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) has finally landed the biggest fight of his career.
Back in January, Matthysse picked up a title after several previous failed attempts, when he knocked out Tewa Kiram to capture the vacant WBA "regular" welterweight title.
And in his first defense, he will go up against eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) on July 14th in Malaysia.
At 39-years-old old and coming off a loss, Pacquiao has found himself in a "must-win" situation.
Matthysse has no concerns about the upcoming contest.
"I'm happy because the opportunity comes at a particular time in my life. I have no pressure or fear of losing, I have a lot of confidence in my conditions," Matthysse told Andres Vazquez.
"I am the champion and he chose me because he wants my belt, I accepted the fight because I want the glory, I win everything or I lose everything, it's that simple. If I'm still in boxing, it's because I want to fight with the best. In this division, the best ones are Danny García and Manny Pacquiao. Not everyone has the chance to fight with a world figure.
"Many may think that the economics and for them it weighs more than the sport. But when Mario (Arano), my promoter, told me that there was a chance to fight Pacquiao, I told him to do the impossible to get me the fight without asking how much they were going to pay me. I want sports glory and the happiness of my family."
Matthysse is not banking on an "old" Pacquiao to show up and is paying very little attention to his age.
"For me, Manny Pacquiao is totally beatable just like any other boxer, I do not consider him to be an invincible guy that is not within my means. I don't think age is a factor that benefits me too much. Even being a veteran, Pacquiao is still a very dangerous boxer. You will have to be there with your eyes wide open from the moment the bell rings," Matthysse said.
"With us having the same height, there will come a shock - because there I can get a lot of advantages because I have a heavier hand than him. I am convinced that it will not be my last fight. I have a lot of confidence to beat him and retire Pacquiao."