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Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse pose for the media ahead of their world title bout

Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse pose for the media ahead of their world title bout. Boxing Pacquiao puts career on the line in WBA title bout

Following his shock loss to Australian journeyman Jeff Horn last time out, Pacquiao chose to change his corner team, and his new line-up paid immediate dividends. "Matthysse has a lot of punching power but I don't think he's fast enough on his feet to outmaneuver sir Manny".

A shell-shocked Matthysse, who had come in with a record of 36 knockouts in 39 wins with just four defeats, conceded he had no answer to Pacquiao's speed, movement and power as the "old Manny" returned with a vengeance.

Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse
Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse

"I'm surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent", Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.

"This is part of boxing". "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose - today was my turn to lose, but I lost against a great champion and a legend".

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Scores of screaming Filipino fans in the stadium waved flags and chanted "Manny Manny" throughout the match.

Pacquiao, the only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career, tipped the scales at 146 pounds.

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"I am addicted to boxing".

The Filipino dropped the champion three times in the fight, the first coming from a beautifully timed left hook in round three as the veteran dominated. That's my heart's desire, " he added.

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On a great morning in Malaysia for fighters for the Philippines, Jhack Tepora earlier stopped Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega to win the interim World Boxing Association featherweight title. South African Moruti Mthalane won a close twelve round unanimous decision over Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem to capture the IBF flyweight title.

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