Thrilla in Malaysia fast shaping up

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ De La Hoya, who failed to grace the event’s launch-off press conference in Manila last month, has vowed to be at ringside in Kuala Lumpur on July 15.Pacquiao, out of action for almost a whole year, will try very hard, but will his best be enough? And how much has Manny really got left?He now trains under boyhood buddy Buboy Fernandez, who has taken over Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach.Pacquiao has not even bothered to talk about a possible knockout.At the same time, he has confided in his first day back in the gym that he would be fully focused on conditioning.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FEU not giving up as La Salle guns for crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The two are scheduled to fight on July 15, in a World Boxing Association welterweight title fight in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Not monumental, burning-bronze, possessed as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were in Manila in 1975, but there’s every reason to believe the super warriors in the Fight of Champions WBA world welterweight championship in Kuala Lumpur on July 15 can cause the main event to sizzle, soar and explode into a classic Thrilla in Malaysia.Both Lucas Matthysse, the WBA welterweight champion, and challenger Manny Pacquiao are solidly committed to give their hardest best for a defining victory that will ultimately decide their respective careers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames He would be needing all the stamina he could gain and store in challenging a younger opponent.Pacquiao swore the Matthysse fight would be both dangerous and difficult.Pacquiao, 39, has personally chosen this killer test against a magnificent 35-year-old hammer man, who has knocked out 36 of the 39 opponents he has beaten.There’s nothing sure, there’s no turning back.There are signs the Fight of Champions could finish like the Thrilla in Manila in October 1975 which, as the badly beaten winner Muhammad Al would swear, “FELT LIKE DEATH.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC There’s the promise of blazing tactical combat, it could also be bloody and very brutal, with the defending champion repeatedly crying he would be ready and willing to die to keep his three-month-old crown.Charge it to hunger on Matthysse’s part. He owns only one world title, compared to Pacquiao, who has reigned supreme in a total of eight world boxing classes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt could also pale out as a clash between a plebe intruder against an all-time ring monarch.But we must believe boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya who said: Matthysse vs Pacquiao has all the makings of a Fight of the Year sure bet. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img