Manny Pacquiao put in a dominant display as he stopped Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round to claim the WBA welterweight title from the Argentine.
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.
Matthysse, 35, had won 36 of his 44 fights by knockout going into the bout. "I lost to a great fighter and a great legend". We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.
Argentina's Lucas Matthysse has accepted defeat and only had words of respect for his opponent from the Philippines, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Fight night action has come thick and fast so far in Malaysia or if you're actually at the fight, fight night morning should we say. He's a great champion.
Duterte said: 'I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more'.
"I said he (Pacquiao) is 39", President Duterte said, relaying his conversation with Pacquiao in an ambush interview after the fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday. The interim World Boxing Association featherweight belt is on the line when Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 16 KOs) fights unbeaten and highly rated Filipino prospect Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs). "When I saw Manny's story, coming from the streets, I thought one day I could be like that and this is the first step to that dream", he said.
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.