'Smoking hot' Pacquiao, 39, rolls back years to knock out Matthysse

KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA- JULY 15 Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines and Lucas Matthysse of Argintine in action

KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA- JULY 15 Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines and Lucas Matthysse of Argintine in action

The eight division world champion captured his eleventh world championship after stopping Argentinian Lucas Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round to capture the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion in the main event of Fight of Champions, Sunday morning at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Roque, in a statement, thanked the 39-year-old Pacquiao for bringing honor to the country anew through his 60th victory.

It was a dominant, devastating display as "smoking hot" Pacquiao registered the 60th win of a fabled 23-year career that now looks certain to extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

During the fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao's camp claimed that the lawmaker tore his rotator cuff, which prevented him from throwing jabs against the undefeated boxer.

Pacquiao dropped Matthysse in the third and fifth rounds before the referee stopped it after he sent him to the canvas for a third time in the seventh.

An ardent advocate of non-violence, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed interest in taking up boxing after catching the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse welterweight final here today.

"Right now I'm happy to go back to my country to celebrate the victory", he said.

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Pacquiao faced calls to retire from friends, family and even his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach when he lost the WBO belt to journeyman Australian Jeff Horn a year ago. We weren't pushing hard like when we were young.

In the other title fights, Filipino Jhack Tepora defeated Edivaldo Oretga of Mexico with a knockout to win the interim WBA featherweight title.

"He's a great fighter and a great champion", Matthysse said.

"May you continue to inspire Filipinos not only in boxing but also in the public service", Duterte said.

Commenting on the win, Pacquiao said Matthysse could probably not take his punches, and was possibly surprised with the change in his fighting style under new coach Buboy Fernandez.

Carlos Canizares of Venezuela (20-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his WBA light flyweight title and unbeaten record on the line against Chinese rookie Lu Bin (1-0, 1 KO), who could become the first boxer in history to win a world title in his second professional fight.

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