first_imgPons, twice-to-beat FEU ready for tough stand from Ateneo View comments “Definitely this is not my last fight,” he said. “I think I still have got a couple of more fights (until I) retire.”Pacquiao is currently a senator in the Philippines, and many in the country believe he will one day run for president, although the boxer has insisted he is happier in the ring than politics.He conceded that it was “not easy” to juggle being a top-level boxer and politician.Matthysse – who took the vacant WBA welterweight title in January – has expressed confidence that he can beat Pacquiao, describing the Filipino as a diminished star.At Friday’s press conference, he said he was a “pretty big puncher with both hands, so that gives me a lot of confidence”.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Filipino has won an unprecedented eight world titles in different weight classes but some have raised questions about his ability to box at the top of his game due to his age.But at a joint press conference with Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, he dismissed such concerns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s not about a number, it’s not about age, that doesn’t matter,” he said. “It depends how you discipline yourself in training, how you prepare.”Pacquiao said the fight against Matthysse would not be his last, as he wants the final bout of his career to take place in his homeland. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Pacquiao has not fought since he lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown in a shock points defeat to Australia’s Jeff Horn last year, and has not knocked out an opponent in nearly nine years.The Kuala Lumpur bout will likely mark the first time in 15 years that Pacquiao will be fighting without his long-standing United States trainer Freddie Roach, who expressed hurt last week after saying ties have been cut.The boxer has suggested that role might go to his own friend and compatriot Buboy Fernandez, at least for the Matthysse bout.     /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao (C) arrives for a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2018, ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANPhilippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted on Friday that his advancing years were no barrier to success as he gears up for a showdown against world champion Lucas Matthysse.Pacquiao, 39, will fight the Argentine – four years his junior – for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

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