Argentinean Matthysse gears up for Pacquiao showdown

Manny Pacquiao at the Le Meridien Hotel Lobby in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Manny Pacquiao at the Le Meridien Hotel Lobby in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Sunday's Fight of Champions card in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be headlined by a WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship clash between eight division champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and reigning titleholder Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.

Both Pacquaio and Matthysse, ages 39 and 35 respectively, while still being seen as excellent fighters, many wonder their place in a welterweight division that is getting ever younger and now captivated in both attention and titles by the likes of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, and the most recent champion Terence Crawford.

"His conditioning, skill, and power", said De La Hoya, remembering how "Pacquiao made me get old".

Pacquiao is looking to snatch the coveted title from Argentine boxer Lucas Matthysse, at the Axiata Arena, KL Sports City Bukit Jalil, on Sunday.

"I'm feeling good", said Pacquiao, who is also known as Pacman. "I always felt that life comes around full circle and puts us together".

The 35-year-old boxer, who is better known as "The Machine" for his aggressive punches, has 39 wins (36 knockouts) and four defeats in his career.

Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years.

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"He's a great champion but he hasn't faced the "great machine", Lucas Matthysse", he said, referring to his moniker.

"If he decides to retire after I beat him then that is his decision".

"He keeps on coming inside", said Ancajas, who is booked to return to the ring and defend his crown for the sixth defense of the IBF 115-lb throne on September 15 in the US.

Matthysse "is not here to collect a pay check".

His most recent venture is into cryptocurrency, as an investor in Singapore-based blockchain firm Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX).

The token can be used to buy exclusive Pacquiao merchandise and interact with him via live-streaming, and its value is supposed to be indicative of his popularity.

Manny Pacquiao during workout at Pop-up Gym in the Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "I am ready". "Right now, my focus is to fight on Sunday to give an inspiration to the Filipino people and to my fans all over the world".

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