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Pacquiao: Matthysse Was Hurt From The Punches, Looked Scared

Manny Pacquiao turned a lot of heads when he won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association "regular" welterweight title, and made a proclamation.

"This is it. I am back in boxing," the 39-year-old Pacquiao said after his seventh-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday. "It's just a matter of time. You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did."

It was Pacquiao's first bout since a contentious loss last year to Jeff Horn in Australia, and since parting ways with longtime trainer Freddie Roach to work with Buboy Fernandez.

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Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) knocked Matthysse down in the third and fifth rounds. He knocked the Argentine down again in the seventh, and Matthysse spat out his mouthpiece, causing a frenzy among Pacquiao fans in the stadium as the contest was waved off.

And what was going through Pacquiao's head during this contest - he felt Matthysse was fighting in a scared manner and appeared to be hurting from every landed punch.

"I am not boasting but ... I think he's hurting from my punches," said Pacquiao, who hadn't won by knockout since 2009.

"Every punch that I throw, he's hurt. I think he's scared of my punches."

Matthysse, who won 36 out of 39 matches by knockout, said Pacquiao was a "great fighter, a great legend," adding that he planned to take a break.

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

"I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more," said Duterte, who flew to Malaysia for the bout ahead of an official visit.

Duterte said in a statement that Pacquiao has proven himself again as "one of the greatest boxers of all time" and that the win will cement his legacy in the sport.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kdd on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18943377]Once Mayweather mentioned the blood test Pacquiao's power evaporated only to resurface in Malaysia without VADA. Put 1+1 together.[/QUOTE] THis guys evidence is that because mayweather said it. If you anything about steroids, cuz you obviously don’t, steroids makes…

Comment by kdd on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18941793]If VADA was involved then congratulations otherwise this is another case of beef. We all know Manny was done and he couldn't crack an egg with his punches and now you all claim every punch of his hurts?[/QUOTE] Clueless.…

Comment by man down on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18941793]If VADA was involved then congratulations otherwise this is another case of beef. We all know Manny was done and he couldn't crack an egg with his punches and now you all claim every punch of his hurts?[/QUOTE] Lol…

Comment by Bluebird on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;18943377]Once Mayweather mentioned the blood test Pacquiao's power evaporated only to resurface in Malaysia without VADA. Put 1+1 together.[/QUOTE] You can run your mouth all you want but unless you can prove it, you got nothing but fantasy allegation.

Comment by Bobby Shaw on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=Bluebird;18943257]Postol doesn’t hit hard as Pac and yet he knocked Matthysse out, Pac is past his prime and although he never scored a KO since the Cotto fight, he was still knocking most of his opponents down. Matthysse is a…

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