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Pacquiao: Like I Said - I'm Not Gone From Boxing, I'm Still Here!

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao produced a dominant display to stun Lucas Matthysse with a seventh round knockout and claim the WBA "regular" welterweight title. (photo by Lai Seng Sin/Retuters).

The Filipino boxing legend looked focused and busy from the opening bell and had the 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena on their feet when he sent the tough as nails Matthysse to the canvas three times with an array of clubbing blows.

The southpaw dropped Matthysse for the final time with a well timed uppercut and the win was sealed as referee Kenny Bayless waved off the contest.

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Matthysse hailed Pacquiao as a "great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss.

"This is part of boxing. You win some, you lose some," Matthysse said.

It was Pacquiao's first victory inside the distance since 2009 and improves the eight-division world champion's record to 60-7-2.

The veteran fighter rebounded from his disappointing loss last year to Australian Jeff Horn and his victory could extend his boxing career that had taken a back seat to his political life as a Filipino senator.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also attended the fight, the biggest boxing match in the country since 1975 heavyweight clash between Muhammad Ali and Australian Joe Bugner.

Pacquiao believes that he sent a clear message - that at 39-years-old he's still one of the best fighters at the weight.

"Like I said, I'm not gone [from boxing]. I'm still there. It's just a matter of time to take rest and then get it back," said Pacquiao to GMA News.

"That's what I did, especially this fight. Bringing a convincing victory, a convincing win, bringing honor to our country.

"As a 39-year-old, I'm still okay, I'm still fine. The way I work hard, you cannot see that I'm 39 years old. When you saw me training and preparing for this fight, you can say. I'm like like 28, 27 years old."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bluebird on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=Ajvar;18940832]Vargas was bombing Broner's body all night and he still never felt gassed, even in 12-th round. You sure Pac can throw those power punches even half the fight? Pac was throwing those when he wanted to taking seconds to…

Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 07-15-2018

[QUOTE=Halama86;18940196]I mean, if you give Manny credit for the wins he should've had over Horn and Bradley, his only 2 losses in the past 10 years or so was against Marquez and Floyd (not exactly "bums"). He's not the Manny…

Comment by Nomadic on 07-15-2018

Yeah, for the time being. First opponent with a heart to fight ends it.

Comment by abracada on 07-15-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18939944]The fight seemed a lil staged and Matty looked like a duck but Pac skill wise had it ALL going at once last night! His combos, angles, and shot selection were perfect. His speed was relentless. Ill have to rewatch…

Comment by Ajvar on 07-15-2018

[QUOTE=Bluebird;18940164]I don’t think so, Broner can’t even beat Vargas and whenever he gets hit hard, he goes on retreat mode and his aggressiveness disappears.[/QUOTE] Vargas was bombing Broner's body all night and he still never felt gassed, even in 12-th…

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