Pacquiao Not Afraid Of Matthysse’s Power
Manny Pacquiao is not afraid of Lucas Matthysse’s punching power heading into their WBA welterweight title clash this weekend.
All but three of Matthysse’s 39 wins have come by way of knockout, and is looking to make Pacquiao his 37th knockout victim on July 14th/
While speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Pacquiao brought up Matthysse’s last stoppage victory against Teerachai Sithmorseng.
“When I saw his fight against Teerachai it was a good fight,” Pacquiao told a news conference
“I don’t care if he has 36 knockouts…it’s about your talent and skill inside the ring. Let’s see on Sunday who will be the best.”
Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Matthysse, says the contest is do or die for both boxers.
“I noticed Pacquiao was special when part of the promotions of Pacquiao vs. Barrera. What I saw was his determination. His conditioning was incredible. His explosiveness was incredible. He had a great work ethic. He was very well prepared. I really don’t know how he is now. In boxing, you’re as good as your last fight. That’s what boxing is. That’s why this fight is important for Pacquiao to show that he is still the same Manny Pacquiao. You have to perform and show the people that you still have it. This is a sink or swim type of fight for both guys,” De La Hoya said.