Duterte wants Pacquiao to retire after KO of Matthysse

BY THE NUMBERS Manny Pacquiao�s first KO win in 9 years

Pacquiao will also be without the services of his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after parting ways.

He rebounded from his disappointing loss a year ago to Australian Jeff Horn and his victory could extend his boxing career that had taken a backseat to his political life as a Filipino senator.

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.

"I'll be looking forward to more boxing matches here in Malaysia", the eight-division boxing champion said. "When I saw Manny's story, coming from the streets, I thought one day I could be like that and this is the first step to that dream", he said.

Matthysse lands a right to the body but Pacquiao counters, hits Matthysse with another uppercut that puts Matthysse down again.

Now 39-5, Matthysse was admonished by his corner for taking a knee in order to recover from another Pacquiao flurry in the fifth.

"This is true", said Pacquiao. "You win some, you lose some", Matthysse said.

Referee Kenny Bayless started to count, but upon seeing Matthysse's eyes, waved off the bout 2 minutes and 43 seconds into the 7th, sending the predominantly Filipino crowd that included President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohammad, into a frenzy. I hope it is not the last fight under MP Promotions here, as this is one of the big fights in Asia, which was shown in more than 200 countries. "He hailed Pacquiao as a 'great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss.

It was Pacquiao's 39th KO win of his fabled 23-year career but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, nearly nine years ago. I really love to fight and bring honor to my country.

Nicknamed "The Pacman", he won his 12th title after wresting the WBA welterweight belt from the 35-year-old Argentine with a seventh round technical knockout.

This marked the first time that two heads of state sat together to watch Pacquiao, a Philippine senator, fight.

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