LUCAS Matthysse is out to do to Manny Pacquiao what the Filipino boxing legend did to his promoter a decade ago.
The reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion plans to send his 39-year-old challenger to retirement by the end of their July 15 title fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Matthysse is due to arrive in the country on Wednesday for the two-city press tour hyping the 12-round bout to be accompanied by handler Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar dela Hoya, the same boxing great Pacquiao sent to retirement when they fought in ring in December of 2008.
Now the Argentine fighter wants to do exactly the same thing to his promoter’s tormentor.
“Hopefully I can retire Manny Pacquiao. We are prepared for that, prepared to win,” said the 35-year-old champion in an interview by BoxingScene.com.
More so, he plans to retire Pacquiao by way of knockout.
“I’m not thinking about the scorecards – I’m thinking about knocking (Pacquiao) out,” he said.
The hard-punching Argentine, of course, is capable of backing up his words as his personal record stands at 39-4, 34 of them coming by way of knockout. Among his prominent victims were Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto, and Ruslan Provodnikov, while his four losses came at the hands of world champions Zab Judah, Devon Alexander, Danny Garcia, and Victok Postol.
Matthyse sees his fight with Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) as an explosive one.
“I imagine parts of the fight. I like that he is a fighter like me, we must be attentive and prepared. I know that my hands in this division (welterweight) feels stronger,” said the champion, who won the vacant title via a knockout win over Tewa Kiram of Thailand at The Forum in Inglewood, California last January.
At the same time, Matthyse said a victory over the legendary Filipino fighter definitely opens a lot of opportunities for him the way it did for Pacquiao following his TKO win over De La Hoya, who announced his official retirement from the ring four months following the loss.
“I know that winning opens the doors of heaven for the future, but now I’m only thinking about this fight. Either I lose everything or I gain everything, that’s the way it is,” he said.
“I am a world champion and he wants my belt. He chose me and I am the one who gives the OK to make the fight.”