Matthysse Prepared for Southpaw Pacquiao

Even the best of fighters have had some struggle with Manny Pacquiao, who is a southpaw, but Lucas Matthysse is looking to not go on that list.

Matthysse defends his WBA “Regular” Welterweight Title against Pacquiao next week at Axiata Arena in Malaysia. According to Matthysse, his training camp has been focused around figuring out Pacquiao and his southpaw stance.

“We’ve had a great camp and the only difference is I’m getting ready to face a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao,” Matthysse said. “Otherwise, I’m very happy to be in Malaysia and I’m also happy because the fight is near.”

This fight represents the biggest in Matthysse’s career. It will be his first defense of the title since winning it with an eighth-round KO over Tewa Kiram back in January.

Meanwhile, for Pacquiao, there is some speculation this could be his last professional fight. A big performance may be much-needed for the 39-year-old fighter, who has not stopped an opponent since Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Matthysse has stated he looks to become the one who retires the legendary Filipino fighter, but he’ll be ready for Pacquiao to bring his best.

“We’ve been focused on the southpaw stance. Even giving him southpaw sparring partners,” said Joel Diaz, Matthysse’s head trainer. “Myself and Matthysse’s brother-in-law Mario Narvaez are both southpaws and we’ve been hitting the mitts against him ahead of this fight against Pacquiao. We’re trying to program him to train at the time he is fighting (about 11:30 a.m.). He’s been training in California really well and I want him to focus on the fight it’s a big fight.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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