De La Hoya: Matthysse Fight May Be Pacquiao’s Last
Manny Pacquiao was the one who ended Oscar De La Hoya’s career back in 2008, and now things may be coming full circle as Pacquiao is in the later stages of his.
De La Hoya, now the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, says there is no promotional mishap and that the title fight between Pacquiao and WBA “Regular” Welterweight Champion Lucas Matthysse will take place on July 14 in Malaysia. De La Hoya says he will be traveling to the country for fight promotion on July 10.
And De La Hoya says he has a feeling this may be the fight that closes the book on a legendary boxing career.
“For me, every legend has his end and I think that this fight with Matthysse may be the end of Pacquiao,” De La Hoya told ESPN Deportes.
However, rumors still continue that the fight will not happen. Top Rank’s Bob Arum has made several comments discussing the fight falling out and matching up Matthysse with WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford. Arum, who was previously Pacquiao’s promoter, is not involved with the Pacquiao-Matthysse fight, which Pacquiao is promoting with his own company.
“I’m going to Malaysia on July 10 to be with Matthysse and Pacquiao, that fight is going to happen without any problem,” De La Hoya said. “Matthysse is going to fight Pacquiao period, there is no other option. I don’t know why Bob Arum is saying. I don’t know if he just doesn’t have confidence in the work that Pacquiao is doing in Malaysia, or maybe he thinks that Pacquiao is not going to carry it out because he does not have things in order, but the truth is that I know [the event will happen].”
Original Story: Boxing Scene