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Pacquiao: Matthysse Fight Will Provide Basis To Continue or Not

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against heavy puncher Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.

After a one-year hiatus from the ring, the 39-year-old has started training two weeks earlier than usual to bring himself up to peak fighting condition.

"I am not saying it will be the last, but it will be the basis for (me) to think about (whether) to continue or not. So I am trying my best and doing our best in the training in this fight to show if I can still do it or not," Pacquiao told AFP.

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Pacquiao has won world titles across an unprecedented eight different weight classes, but critics -- including Matthysse, who is four years his junior -- question his ability to box at the top of his game due to his age.

The fighter, who won 38 of his first 47 professional fights by knockout, has not knocked out an opponent in nearly nine years.

The two will face off for the World Boxing Association "regular" welterweight belt on July 14 in Malaysia.

The fight comes a year since the southpaw lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in a shock points defeat to 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn - who came into that fight as a huge underdog.

In contrast, Matthysse won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand's Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.

"(Matthysse) is a very aggressive fighter. I am not worried about his style. My worry is I need to get 100 percent conditioned -- the stamina, the power and the strength to survive the 12 rounds," Pacquiao said.

One of the flaws that hurt Pacquiao in the contest with Horn, is the claim that the Filipino veteran overtrained for the bout. This time around, he's being more careful with properly timing his training sessions.

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

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18782447][B]He hasn't KO'd anybody since 2009 including a list of fighters much worse then Lucas Matthysse during that stretch[/B]. Not sure why folks still keep throwing out he's going to KO so and so. It's been a decade since he's…

Comment by [email protected] on 05-19-2018

pac may be 39 but he moves like he's only 30...both are hard punchers but pac's speed proved to be the edge..expect pac to blow lucas out in 7 or 8..

Comment by Boxing 956 on 05-18-2018

All this talk starting to sound like the people who said Manny had no chance against Oscar De La Hoya. When he's focused and prepared he's a beast. You never know.

Comment by bigdunny1 on 05-18-2018

[QUOTE=Manic Shot;18782336]In reality Manny didn't train hard for Horn fight coz Bob Arum and Freddy said that, it's an easy fight for Manny. Now Manny is focus on training and not listening to Arum and Roach anymore. If he can't…

Comment by Randomum on 05-18-2018

I think this fight will start out difficult for Manny but once he kicks it in high gear it will be over for Mathysse. I am a fan of both but honestly think it will be Manny raising his hand…

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