Pacquiao Coach: We Must Train Smart, Matthysse is Dangerous

Justin Fortune, the strength and conditioning coach for eight division champion Manny Pacquiao, believes his fighter could take the hard punches of upcoming opponent Lucas Matthysse.

Pacquiao, 39-years-old, will challenge Matthysse for the WBA "regular" welterweight title on July 14 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The bout will mark Pacquiao's first contest since losing an upset twelve round decision to Jeff Horn in July of 2017.


Fortune, who will work with Pacquiao for this fight, has to avoid the scenario of overtraining and place his focus on a proper strategy.

Matthysse’s last saw action back in January, when he scored an eighth round knockout of Thailand's Tewa Kiram to capture the vacant WBA belt in Inglewood, California.

“Absolutely yes, he can endure it (Matthysse’s punches). So, we need to train smart and change the training shorter and smarter, and much more precise movements," Fortune told the Manila Times.

“It’s a tough fight. Matthysse is a very dangerous guy and he is coming out with a win over the Thai boy. He is a very big puncher. He (Pacquiao) is still fast and very strong. Manny is a workhorse and he has that phenomenal stamina. He is a freak athlete at 39. Just to be smarter in training, it will be just fine and we’ll discuss it."

This will be Pacquiao's first fight without longtime trainer Freddie Roach, who worked with the boxer for 16 years. Pacquiao will be trained by Buboy Fernandez and Nonito Donaire Sr.

Fortune explained that Pacquiao overtrainer for the contest with Horn - but the veteran coach still believes the wrong man was awarded the decision, and the WBO welterweight crown.

“We were over trained a couple of weeks before the fight and he won the fight. The rest of the world knew that he won the fight,” added Fortune. “When you go to someone’s hometown, you need to knock him out.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sportbuddha on 05-19-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18778145]Didn't Floyd take a fight at 40? Wasn't Floyd training for an MMA fight?[/QUOTE] C’mon Floyd took a massive pay check to fight at 40, Pac will get one of his smallest in 10 years

Comment by Bluebird on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=truefan;18778908]Why would a legend go to Australia to fight an unknown opponent still baffles me????? Bob Arum really talked him into that one. Manny's advisors has to be smarter than that. Make his unknown ass come to the Philippines or…

Comment by Bluebird on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;18778122]they're juicing Manny to the gills for this one. he needs that mayweather money again[/QUOTE] Where’s your proof? Mayweather’s retired and Pac’s the second biggest cash cow in boxing, they will always make money without fighting each other.

Comment by Nomadic on 05-17-2018

Would have been a good fight a few years ago.

Comment by noStylez on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;18778533]PAC should get his first KO in many years due to Matt not being a runner. PAC also should get Mayweather next. A healthy PAC will beat ..... OH wait the runner always favors the judges just forget it! I…

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