Pacquiao picks up 60th career win after clinching WBA welterweight crown

  • Boxing
  • Sunday, 15 Jul 2018

Manny Pacquiao celebrates after winning the bout against Lucas Matthysse - REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR: Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao picked up his 60th career win and the WBA welterweight title by defeating Argentine Lucas Matthysse via TKO (technical knockout) at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on Sunday (July 16).

It is the first stoppage win since 2009 for Pacquiao as he celebrated victory after his seventh round knockout in front of visiting Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The fight was Pacquiao's first since his July 2017 decision loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.

It was also Pacquiao's first fight since 2001 that did not feature American trainer Freddie Roach in his corner. Pacquiao parted ways with Roach in April.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao improved his boxing resume to 60-7-2 all-time with 39 knockouts in securing his first win since 2016.

Pacquiao dropped Matthysse for the first time in the third round and again in the fifth round.

Pacquiao then ended the bout in the seventh when he floored Matthysse again for the TKO win.

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