Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win

The best way to go is to go out on top says one fight analyst. Lai Seng Sin Reuters

Lucas Matthysse offered up no excuses in his one-sided defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, who put on a dominant display to capture the WBA "regular" welterweight title with a seventh round knockout win before a crowd of 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena in Malaysia. "I'm still there. And it's just a matter of time that you have to rest and get back", Pacquiao said when asked to give a message to critics who thought he should have retired after his loss to Horn. "I came out smoking hot".

During the fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao's camp claimed that the lawmaker tore his rotator cuff, which prevented him from throwing jabs against the undefeated boxer.

He had replaced long-term trainer Freddie Roach with Buboy Fernandez for the contest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"We have a good president", Pacquiao said amid "Duterte" chants from his supporters who joined him on the boxing ring, including Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald Dela Rosa.

Pacquiao thus ended a long knockout drought since stopping Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto in 2009 and added his first WBA title to his collection of 12 world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years.

"We dictated the pace".

"May you continue to inspire Filipinos not only in boxing but also in the public service", Duterte said.

"It was a long time ago since I've done that".

Pacquiao said he was planning on fighting again this year, but wouldn't name any opponents.

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.

"Right now, I'm happy to go back to my country and celebrate the victory".

"I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more", Duterte said.

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