Eager Pacquiao 'can't wait' to take Matthysse world title


Eager Pacquiao 'can't wait' to take Matthysse world title

"That would be something like Manny versus Oscar", said Koncz said to Bad Left Hook, hoping to not suffer the same fate De La Hoya did when he faced Pacquiao in 2008.

Pacquiao then took to his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts to respond.

A little more than a year since his last fight, Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to challenge secondary welterweight world titleholder Lucas Matthysse on July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, both sides said Monday night.

Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz told ESPN that the kickoff news conference to announce the fight is scheduled for April 18 in Manila in Pacquiao's home country of the Philippines, with another scheduled for April 20 in Kuala Lumpur.

Pacquiao also said last week that he would like to square off against 130-pound champion Vasyl Lomachenko if he is victorious over Matthysse.

The 39-year-old Philippine has not fought since unanimously losing to Australian Jeff Horn last July.

The 35-year-old Matthysse, has 39 wins including 36 by knockout against four defeats and won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand's Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.

"This is going to be a tough fight".

You have to question Pacquiao's motivation at this point and if he's simply searching for cash grabs, but this is a favorable fight for him and he should be able to win due to his movement.

Pacquiao has 59 wins to his name including 38 KOs against seven defeats and two draws.

Although Pacquiao's longtime promoter, Top Rank, is not promoting the event - that will be handled by Pacquiao's MP Promotions - Bob Arum's company will handle the television distribution of the fight. No venue has been set.

ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael provided more details in a story posted on the website of the popular American sports network, which will be one of the main broadcast providers of the event in the US.

But that still leaves World Boxing Council champion Wilder, unbeaten in 40 professional contests.



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