On 14th July, Manny Pacquiao, who has been world champion at eight different weights, will face Argentine Lucas Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title.
Last July, the 39-year-old lost the WBO version of the belt on points to Australian Jeff Horn and has not fought since then. For the contest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Pacquiao has replaced long term trainer Freddie Roach with Buboy Fernandez.
The 35-year-old, Matthysse has won 36 of his 44 fights by knock-out. This will be Pacquiao’s 69th professional fight. He was the first boxer in history to win world titles in four of the original eight weight classes of boxing including flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
Last September, Pacquiao pulled out of rematch with former schoolteacher Horn. In December, he announced via Instagram that had been promoted to the role of colonel in the Philippines Army.
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