Manny Pacquiao to fight Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur

Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum AFP

Manny Pacquiao is to fight Argentina's World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia on June 24, the ring legend has announced. "It serves as a big motivation for me to train and fight hard to win the crown", added the Filipino great.

Concerning the fight, Matthysse is a very risky puncher, this is a fight that could wind up with Pacquiao badly hurt especially if he isn't taking it seriously.

Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Matthysse, told ESPN that Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz had contacted him about a possible Pacquiao-Matthysse fight but that they have not made a deal yet.

"If the money comes up, then I've agreed to sign on", Arum said. But there's a whole lot of doubt, for now, about whether he'll really take on Matthysse, where the fight will take place and if it's really going down in June.

It signals an apparent break with long-time U.S. promoter Bob Arum - who reportedly warned that the Kuala Lumpur card was not a done deal. I don't know these Malaysian people.

The Filipino, however, will look to get back to winning ways when he goes toe-to-toe with Matthysse, who boasts a record of 39-4, with 36 knockouts.

"I like [Matthysse's] aggressive fighting style", Pacquiao said in announcing the fight.

After revealing where he'll be fighting next, eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao has also reportedly chosen when and who he'll be fighting.

Arum initially pushed for a bout between Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado under the April 14 card that will present Jeff Horn's title defense against Terence Crawford in the main feature.

That was a knock on Horn, whom Pacquiao has accused of being a dirty fighter after he was cut by repeated head butts in their fight.

The Argentine won the vacant WBA belt in January after a victory over Tewa Kiram, with Pacquiao expected to conduct a promotional tour across Asia in the build-up to the clash.

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