Manny Pacquiao stops Lucas Matthysse to win WBA world title

Manny Pacquiao works on the speedball

Manny Pacquiao works on the speedball

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.

He has lost two of his previous four fights, including a shocking unanimous decision defeat past year at the hands of Australian Jeff Horn, who didn't hesitate to use his height and heft to rough Pacquiao up.

The southpaw dropped his opponent for the final time with a devilish left uppercut and the victory improved the eight-division world champion's record to 60-7-2.

Since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australian underdog Jeff Horn, Pacquiao decided to make some changes to his team by leaving long time trainer Freddie Roach in favor of his best friend Buboy Fernandez, and leaving promoter Bob Arum to promote the Matthysse fight himself.

Manny Pacquiao is a champion again!

Pacquiao and Matthysse weighed in in front of a packed crowd, mostly composed of Filipinos working in Malaysia and Singapore. But a focused performance from the part-time politician looks set to extend his career in the ring, with potential big-money bouts against lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko and three-weight world champion Terence Crawford dominating the speculation.

The tattooed Lucas Matthysse poses for
The tattooed Lucas Matthysse poses for

Oscar De La Hoya who promotes the WBA champion Matthysse believes the fight can go either way, either Lucas by KO or Pacquiao by decision, he predicts that the fight will deliver in terms of excitement due to their aggressive natures.

"I am hungry to fight after one year of rest; I trained very hard and pushed myself to the limit", said Pacquiao.

"Thank God for this victory".

Duterte, who gave Pacquiao two thumbs up after the match, congratulated the senator for bringing pride to the Philippines and uniting Filipinos.

"We thank our Pambansang Kamao for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag and country but once again uniting Filipinos here and overseas with his display of courage, tenacity, and willpower", he said.

Beaten champion Matthysse paid tribute to the new champ. "I lost to a great legend".

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