Pacquiao, Matthysse arrive in KL ahead of title fight

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao is a 2:1 favorite to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

After completing his training camp in his hometown of General Santos, Pacquiao, who's gunning for his 60th win in 68 professional bouts, says he's excited to showcase his world-class talents to the Malaysian fans. "We had a very great training camp and I can not wait to fight on Sunday, July 15". His company MP Promotions is promoting the card. It marks the first time in a long time that Top Rank, Pacquiao's longtime promoter, was not involved in one of his fights, although Bob Arum's outfit handled the USA distribution.

The challenger, eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines arrived Monday evening, while Argentinian reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse arrived the previous week. The fight will air on free TV on ESPN5 with telecast starting at 10 a.m. and will stream live on ESPN+ in the United States.

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The boy attended court with his solicitor and sat beside his mother during the 10-minute hearing. Anastasia was last seen at St Catherine's Park close to her home on Monday, May 14.

The mayor said he has been carrying the Philippine flag during Pacquiao's fights since 2006, or 24 times.

This fight will mark the first major boxing event in Malaysia in 43 years. "I talked to Senator Manny a few days ago and I already assured him that I will be there", Leonardia told reporters on Tuesday afternoon after his 66th birthday celebration at SMX Convention Center Bacolod.

He promised that several personalities will be flying in from all over the world to watch the fight on Sunday.

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