GENERAL SANTOS CITY—An inspired Manny Pacquiao started training in
hopes of winning an unprecedented 11th world title against WBA
welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina at the Wild Card
After building enough stamina from his cardio workouts earlier in the
week, Pacquiao reunited with long-time friends and trainers Buboy
Fernandez and Raides “Nonoy” Neri and started slow, doing regular gym
drills and plotting pre-fight strategies.
The Pacquiao Vs Matthysse fight dubbed “Fight of Champions,” is two
and a half months away and is set at the glitzy Axiata Arena in Kuala
Lumpur on July 15. “I am excited to return to the ring once again and
face a dangerous champion in a difficult and challenging fight,” said
Pacquiao, the only eight-weight division champion in boxing.
“I am inspired as I am also excited to face the champion,” added
Pacquiao, noting that Matthysse packs power on both fists having won
36 of his 39 wins by knockout.
Pacquiao, the 39-year-old challenger, did mitts work with Fernandez,
his boyhood neighbor and trusted lieutenant throughout his career.
Both started slow and hoped to pick up steam in the middle stages of
training camp. In his familiar workout, Pacquiao pounded the heavy
bags and finished with his usual abs work routine.
Also a senator of the Philippines, Pacquiao is taking full use of the
senate recess to train without distractions before resuming work on
May 14 to June 1 when the Philippine Senate reconvenes. Then, Pacquiao
gets his final push for the whole month of June up until fight day,
July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.
Pacquiao is also the promoter of this boxing extravaganza which
promises to be the biggest boxing event in Malaysia in the last 43
years since Muhammad Ali faced Joe Bugner, also in Kuala Lumpur.
Aside from the Pacquiao-Matthysse headliner, three other world title
fights are in store in the undercards as well as other intriguing
supporting bouts being assembled by Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.(pr)