Matthysse oozing with confidence ahead of Manila visit, but DL Hoya sends his regrets
Lucas Matthysse and his manager bound for Manila. Jhay Otamias

OSCAR Dela Hoya won’t be around to accompany him in his first Philippine visit, but Lucas Matthysse’s confidence has not waned even just a bit.

The reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion is certain about beating his legendary challenger in their July 15 title fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“For me, Manny Pacquiao is totally beatable just like any other boxer. I do not consider him to be an invincible guy that is not within my means,” said the champion from Chubut, Argentina in a BoxingScene.com interview that came out before Matthysse's departure for Manila.

“I have no pressure or fear of losing. I have a lot of confidence in my conditions.”

Matthysse and Pacquiao, 39, will meet for the first time on Wednesday at the City of Dreams to kick off the two-city press tour for their 12-round bout that will likewise bring the two protagonists to the Malaysian capital on Friday.

Dela Hoya, boxing’s Golden Boy who Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) sent into retirement a decade ago, sent his regret for not being able to join the whirlwind tour. Joining Matthysse instead are Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez and the champion’s manager Mario Arano.

Matthysse will be making the first defense of the title he won last January with a knockout win over Tewa Kiram in Inglewood, California.

He didn’t let the chance slip away when the door opened about taking on a fighter considered one of the greatest of his generation.

“When Mario told me that there was a chance to fight Pacquiao, I told him to do the impossible, to get me the fight without asking how much they were going to pay me,” said the champion (39-4, 36 KOs).

“I want sports glory and the happiness of my family,” Matthysse said. “I accepted the fight because I want the glory. I win everything or I lose everything.”

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