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    Pacquiao confident he can handle 'dangerous' Matthysse in KL world title fight

    Apr 18, 2018
    Manny Pacquiao holds court before a media scrum on Wednesday. Jerome Ascano

    LUCAS Matthyse is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion and a truly dangerous opponent.

    But the warrior that he is, Manny Pacquiao is not about to back down from the challenge.

    Not even the belief of Matthyse's camp that his birlliant career is over would make Pacquiao doubt himself about beating his Argentine foe in their July 15 bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and win yet another world championship.

    "I'm not done yet," quipped the legendary boxer on Wednesday during the kickstart of the promotional tour for the title fight that would also bring both fighters to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday.

    "On July 15, I will show that Manny Pacquiao is not done yet," said Pacquiao before his audience at the grand ballroom of the City of Dreams. "I will try my best to win convincingly. If I have a chance to finish him, then I will do it."

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    Pacquiao though, acknowledged Matthyse is indeed, a very big threat in his fight for legacy.

    "In any fight there is a risk, but it depends on how you prepare for it," said the 39-year-old boxing icon on Wednesday at the start of the two-city press tour for his title fight against Matthyse.

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    "What we want is to get an opponent that can give excitement to the fans, who can create more action. And we believe Matthyse can do that because of his style."

    The reigning champion from Argentina is known as a pressure fighter who doesn't know how to back down. And his records speak for himself - 39 wins and four losses but with 36 knockouts.

    Matthyse is making the first defense of the crown he won by stopping Tewa Kiram in their fight last January at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

    Despite his impressive 14-year career, the world crown is the first for the Argentine dubbed 'La Maquina.' And Matthyse made it known Pacquiao has to get over his dead body for him to wrest the belt.

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    "Manny has won so many (world) titles. I've only won one title and i'm not gonna give it up. I'll die for it if I have to," said Matthyse as translated by Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez.

    "This is my time."

    Pacquiao, promoting his first-ever fight under the MP Promotions in tandem with GBP of Oscar dela Hoya, however, is ready for whatever the champion will bring on the table.

    "He is dangerous, he is the champion," said the Filipino senator. "But I do believe we can box him out and control the fight. That's why I think we really need to have a good training camp."

    The champ and the challenger will leave on a private jet by Thursday night in time for the final part of the press tour in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

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    Manny Pacquiao holds court before a media scrum on Wednesday. Jerome Ascano
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