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Pacquiao predicts action-filled fight against Matthysse

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: National Post

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday's world title bout that could put his illustrious career at stake.
Pacquiao, who turns 40 in December, returns to the ring a year after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a shock defeat to Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
Pacquiao said he chose to fight Matthysse, the current World Boxing Association welterweight champion, because the Argentinian is aggressive and they could both provide “a lot of action” in the ring.
“It's going to be a good fight,” Pacquiao said at a news conference. “I don't care if he has 36 knockouts...it's about your talent and skill inside the ring. Let's see on Sunday who will be the best.”
A once impoverished rural boy who turned into one of the world's wealthiest sportsman and now a Filipino senator, Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story has inspired many in his country. His biggest...

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