‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Young-again Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seven-round knockout of WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: “Do I look 39?“At 39 years old, I’m still OK, I’m still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I’m like 28, 27 years old,” Pacquiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punches “You cannot say I’m 39 years old! You can say I’m 28, 27 years old.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img 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 Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punches MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “We changed things up this time,” said Fortune. “We did a whole bunch of different work. We were shocking his system back into working.“It’s a different style of training — shorter, faster and more intense. So his body reacts differently. So that’s why he looks like the old Pacquiao.”Pacquiao, who Fortune said had been initially stubborn to change his ways, acknowledged that the new training regime had paid off.READ: He’s back: Pacquiao shows he has a lot left in the tank with Matthysse KO“This is true,” said Pacquiao. “This training is very special. Because basically my team told me to stop training (too much).”Pacquiao knocked down the Argentine as early as the third round with a stunning left uppercut that thudded around the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.The 35-year-old Matthysse, who came in with a reputation as a big puncher, had no answer to Pacquiao’s blistering speed and he dropped to his knee at the end of the fifth round for a count after being visibly shaken by a barrage including a left to the temple.READ: Matthysse on KO defeat to Pacquiao: It was my turn to loseAnd referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight giving Pacquiao victory by TKO (technical knockout) after 2min 43sec of the seventh when Matthysse sank to his knees following a fierce right-left combination.It was Pacquiao’s 39th KO win of his fabled 23-year career but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, almost nine years ago. Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magically returned from the first bell to overwhelm the 35-year-old Argentine.It was a stark contrast to the flat, lackluster Pacquiao who had lost his title on points in an ugly brawl with Australian journeyman Jeff Horn a year ago.READ: 60th win: Pacquiao KOs Matthysse for WBA welterweight titleMuch of the credit for the 60th victory of his legendary career can be laid at the door of conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who told AFP before the fight that “the old Pacquiao” was back thanks to a new training program.Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, center, celebrates after defeating Argentina Lucas Matthysse during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)‘A great legend’ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more