Manny Pacquiao begins preparation for Lucas Matthysse bout

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) — Filipino boxer and senator Manny Pacquiao started his conditioning workout for his bout against World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse Monday morning.

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The Pacquiao-Matthysse title fight is set for June 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pacquiao started his training with a run of two rounds around a the 2.6-kilometer Cambridge Circle in Forbes Park.

In a statement, Pacquiao said there was a reason for training early.

"I started early because my last fight was in July last year. My opponent is a reigning WBA champion so I must be in tip-top shape when I climb up the ring," Pacquiao said.

The Filipino champion is currently working on conditioning, but will train in the gym around April.

No official word yet whether Pacquiao will be training with long-time trainer Freddie Roach for the June 24 title fight.

Though the bout against Matthysse has yet to be confirmed, the statement said the "fight is 99 percent in the bag."

Pacquiao typically fights out of longtime collaborator Bob Arum's Top Rank promotions, but the statement said the Filipino boxing icon's own outfit, MP Promotions, will be promoting the fight.

Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO Oscar Dela Hoya, who promotes the Argentinian champion, is set to arrive in the Philippines on the first week of April.

A press conference to formally announce the fight will be held in Manila soon after, before both camps fly out to Malaysia to launch the June 24 title fight.