Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Manny Pacquiao Looking to Add Another Title to his Legacy

Manny Pacquiao Looking to Add Another Title to his Legacy Manny Pacquiao Looking to Add Another Title to his Legacy
Kristopher Love | 16 July, 2018, 20:15

"I feel 100% sure that I will succeed in this fight".

De La Hoya said Pacquiao, as one of the most iconic figures in recent sports history, "is building bridges between countries, attracting the youth to become fighters, to become warriors".

He said on Thursday that victory will be determined by "talent and skill inside the ring".

De La Hoya knows how hard it is to deal with Pacquiao, who, despite his age and the mileage he has accumulated over the years, could still bang with the best. His biggest supporter on Sunday will be Filipino President Filipino Duterte, who will arrive in Malaysia to watch the bout ahead of an official visit.

Crawford is seen by many, including here at Boxing News and Views, as one of the world's top pound-for-pound fighters, who easily dismantled and dethroned Australian Jeff Horn. "His metabolism is ridiculous".

Matthysse and Pacquiao collide on Sunday morning for the former's 147-pound crown at the Axiata Arena here headlining a four world championship-bout card presented by the Pacquiao-owned MP Promotions in coordination with De La Hoya's Golden Promotions.

Matthysse is nicknamed "The Machine" for his aggressive fighting style and powerful punches.

However, Pacquiao is not concerned about the challenge he faces this weekend, with Matthysse having achieved and eighth-round stoppage of Teerachai Sithmorseng last time out.

"If he decides to retire after I beat him then that is his decision. I am here to defend my title", the Argentine said.

Boxing is also a business and the sport, the business, and everyone else involved simply do better when boxing specifically in the west and more accurately in the aforementioned triad of title fight cities.

The Malaysian metropolis is hosting world championship boxing for the first time since heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Bugner over 15 rounds in 1975.

The undercard will see the interim World Boxing Association featherweight belt on the line when Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 16 KOs) fights unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs).

Matthysse's last defeat came against Ukrainian Viktor Postol for a WBC super lightweight world title fight in October 2015.