KUALA LUMPUR - The dream lives on for Manny Pacquiao.
The boxing great believes there is still something left in the tank that will let him keep on fighting long enough to do a farewell bout in the Philippines.
Pacquiao categorically declared that Lucas Matthyse won't be his lst ring opponent as he bared plans to keep on bringing fights to the Asian region.
"Definitely, this is not my last fight," said the fighting senator at the end part of a whirlwind two-day press tour for his welterweight championship fight against Matthysee held at the Le Meridian Hotel.
"I want my last fight to be in the Philippines. And that's my dream," added the boxing great, who barely had enough sleep after arriving in the Malaysian capital in the wee hour of Friday.
"I still think I have a couple more fights before I retire."
The 39-year-old earlier offered Jeff Horn a rematch in Manila in a bid to regain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt which he yielded to the Australian in Brisbane, Australia last July.
The Filipinos' Manny Pacquiao Promotions and Top Rank were supposed to stage it in the Philippines in coordination with the Department of Tourism.
The Horn camp however, failed to reach an agreement with Pacquiao's side and instead, took on another opponent.
That left Pacquiao no option but to challenge Matthysee in a fight which would be the biggest in Malaysia since the late great Muhammaf Ali and Joe Bugnerre fought for the heavyweight crown in 1975.
But it's just the start of what Pacquiao said is his plan to fight in other parts of Asia.
"I'm trying to grab this opportunity before I retire in boxing to fight in Asia," he said, mentioning China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand as the likely destinations of his next few fights.
"I want to have a fight in those countries and we're working on that," he said.
Matthyse, the 35-year-old champion making the first defense of his crown, offered his native Argentina as a possible site if and when there's going to be a rematch between him and his Filipino challenger.
"If we do give a good fight and there's a possible rematch, I would love to invite Manny to fight me in Argentina," said Matthysee. "It could be a historic event."
Of course, that's going too far ahead.