He’s still got it, that was the question that was asked of Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), one which was given a resounding answer with a dominating display on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur in dethroning the now former WBA champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs).
The legendary 39-Year old took to the boxing ring without a familiar figure by his side in Freddie Roach which was a concern to some but which was all but forgotten after the first round, Pacquiao took command of the opener and was reminding people of his brilliance in the third, a left uppercut dropping Matthysse for the first of many.
Pacquiao was on the ascent as he scored another knockdown in the fifth with a sharp, short shot to the temple of the champion. It was all too much for the Argentinean who looked clueless at times, finally put out of his misery in the seventh following his third trip to the canvas, another left uppercut sealing the deal. Time was 2:43.
“Matthysse has the power, so hands up all the time and do my best,” Pacquiao said of his game plan.”
I’m surprised because Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down. I was focused and patient in the fight, and I worked hard in training. We did a good job in training. We were pushing hard.”
Matthysse offered no excuses for the loss.
“He’s a great fighter and a great champion,” Matthysse said “It was turned around — sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today was my turn to lose. But I lost to a great fighter and great legend in Manny Pacquiao. [Now I will] take rest, take a break. I worked really hard. I want to go back home with my family. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today was my turn to lose, but nothing more. I’m OK.”
Manny Pacquiao instead preferred to celebrate his win before thinking of another opponent but one thing is for certain, Retirement isn’t in his plans just yet.
“That’s another story, another discussion,” he said. “Now I am happy go to back to my country, the Philippines, to celebrate the victory and do my job as a public servant. We haven’t decided yet [what’s next]. Right now, my focus is to go back to my country and relax.”