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Photos: Pacquiao, Matthysse - Go Face To Face in Malaysia

MALAYSIA--World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao went face to face at the second leg of their promotional tour.

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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.

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

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Idunnoshet on 04-20-2018

Dammit ... Pacquiao's head looks Massive !

Comment by Snoop Frog on 04-20-2018

Matthysee used to look like a mercenary, all stone faced. Now he and Pac look like they need to be getting beers or coffee and shooting the sh1t rather than fighting.

Comment by Pigeons on 04-20-2018

Hopefully Pacquiao and Crawford unify the WBA and WBO titles after they win their next fights.

Comment by WarMaidana on 04-20-2018

this is gonna be a good fight. I could see Matthysse knocking out Manny, but could also see Manny by TKO if he is well prepared and hungry

Comment by Tatabanya on 04-20-2018

Gotta love that last picture of Matthysse, especially how the microphone is positioned.

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