Can Filipino icon finally end decade-long KO drought?

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao poses after weigh-in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao has said the fight for Lucas Matthysse’s WBA welterweight crown will largely determine how the tail end of his career will shape up.A victory is expected to push him into another lucrative bout. But it needs to be a big win—in a manner that he hasn’t done in nearly a decade.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Lucky’ Ababa squeezes out of logjam for Forest Hills crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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.And he faces a dangerous Matthysse, a knockout specialist who has finished 36 of his 39 wins inside the distance and took the vacant WBA belt after an eighth-round stoppage of Thailand’s Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m focused on the fight, the people who watched me train and push myself to the limit can testify to that,” said Pacquiao.He said that his training camp, the first time in 16 years that wasn’t overseen by Freddie Roach, was unique. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We pushed it every day. But we also allowed ourselves to rest,” said Pacquiao, who is turning 40 in December. “It’s a series of push and rest to help the body recover.”Against Matthysse, Pacquiao said he would employ the skill set that brought him fame and glory.“The plan is to move side to side and throw a lot of punches,” said Pacquiao. “And to finish the fight.” —WITH A REPORT FROM AFPADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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