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Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Lucas Matthysse - Go Face To Face

MANILA--World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom here.

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Pacquiao, the challenger, expressed his elation as his MP Promotions company has completed preparations for the two-city press conference and media tour ending in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20.

Dubbed "Fight of Champions," the mega-fight will usher in Pacquiao's debut as a fight promoter at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur featuring three other world title fights in the undercard.

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"It is all systems go for the Pacquiao vs. Matthysse fight," said Pacquiao, who is hoping to equal if not surpass the expectations leading to the grandiose Muhammad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975.

"We have assembled the biggest fight card Malaysia has been waiting for in the last 43 years since Ali-Bugner," added Pacquiao.

Matthysse, the dangerous 36-year-old champion from Argentina who tallied 36 knockouts out of his 39 wins, and against only four losses, has started training with Joel Diaz. Diaz also trained Timothy Bradley, whom Pacquiao has faced thrice in the past.

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“This is the fight I have always wanted. The opportunity to fight a future Hall of Famer such as Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao inspires me to work harder than ever to earn a victory for my fans. I know that it will not be easy. But I will defend my title with honor and represent my country Argentina with pride,” said Matthysse.

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"This early, we would like to thank the people who have made this event happen and I thank all boxing fans for their support," said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao will be joined by his new promotions team along with trainers Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by djtmal on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=New England;18685925]i don't know if i'd say that at this stage. pacquiao's killer instinct has been waning since the cotto and margarito fights. he's a congressman and a freaking zillionaire. he's not hungry any more, at least not like he…

Comment by New England on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=djtmal;18685909]Manny Pacquaio fighting? Thats good. At least you can count on some action.[/QUOTE] i don't know if i'd say that at this stage. pacquiao's killer instinct has been waning since the cotto and margarito fights. he's a congressman and a…

Comment by New England on 04-19-2018

several years too late, but this one could be a classic if both guys show up willing to take risks. unfortunately i expect this one to look the same way it usually looks when shot action fighters at the end…

Comment by djtmal on 04-19-2018

Manny Pacquaio fighting? Thats good. At least you can count on some action.

Comment by Beercules on 04-19-2018

This is going to be a fun fight.

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