Manny Pacquiao stuns Lucas Matthysse to claim WBA welterweight title

Boxing- WBA Welterweight Title Fight- Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse- Axiata Arena Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Pacquiao dominated former junior welterweight world champion and reigning WBA welterweight titlist Lucas Matthysse inside Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, eventually stopping him in the seventh round.

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

Pacquiao and Matthysse weighed in in front of a packed crowd, mostly composed of Filipinos working in Malaysia and Singapore.

It was the first time in 17 years that Pacquiao had fought without hall of fame American trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, but he looked unfazed throughout.

The win gave the Filipino, who has been world champion at eight different weights, his first inside the distance since 2009.

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

Boxing- WBA Welterweight Title Fight- Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse- Axiata Arena Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

"We dictated the pace".

Pacquiao said he was planning on fighting again this year, but wouldn't name any opponents. You win some, you lose some, ' Matthysse Said.

Referee Kenny Bayless called off the fight after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh round when Matthysse buckled following another stiff uppercut and spat out his mouthguard as he was being counted. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who booked a ringside seat, congratulated Pacquiao, 39, for making the country proud.

"Tun said he doesn't like violence, but when i told him that mayweather earned USD250Million from 1 match, Tun said he will leave politics and pick up boxing", Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman tweeted after the match, referring to Dr Mahathir.

Lu Bin (106.7 pounds) of China takes on Carlos Canizales of Venezuela (106.4 pounds) for his WBA world light flyweight title while two-time world champion Moruthi Mthlane (111.5 pounds) of South Africa battles Muhammad Waseem (111.3 pounds) of Pakistan.

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