Pacquiao arrives in Malaysia ahead of title bout against Matthysse

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(CNN Philippines, July 10) — Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao arrived in Malaysia Monday, days before his world title fight versus Argentine Lucas Matthysse.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao will try to reclaim his status as one of the best fighters in the upcoming bout.

The boxing pride of the Philippines lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn via a controversial unanimous decision in July 2017. He owns a professional record of 59 wins off 38 knockouts and seven losses.

"Matthysse is a great opponent. I am training with all of my heart because I want to be a champion again," the eight-division champion said in a press statement.

On the other hand, World Boxing Association welterweight king Matthysse will try to sustain his momentum and extend his winning streak to three.

The 35-year-old Matthysse carries a record of 39 wins off 36 knockouts and four losses.

This fight will mark the first major boxing event in Malaysia in 43 years.

Malacañang, meanwhile, confirmed Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte will watch the upcoming bout to support Pacquiao who is also a Filipino sitting senator.

READ: Duterte to watch Pacquiao-Matthysse bout in Malaysia

The Pacquiao-Matthysse fight is scheduled on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.