But any doubts that Pacquiao still has something to offer were put to rest as he turned in a sensational performance in a seventh-round knockout of Matthysse at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"In his latest triumph of winning the WBA Welterweight World Title, Manny Pacquiao did not only demonstrate the Filipino's natural trait of strength and courage, he also showed the world, how determined, disciplined and hardworking the Filipinos are; just like his comrades in the Armed Forces of the Philippines", the AFP said.
Pacquiao said he worked hard but was surprised by the swift win.
In his post-match interview, Pacquiao thanked Duterte for flying to Malaysia to watch his fight, and also praised the President.
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Pacquiao first knocked down the big-puncher from Argentina in the third round of a devastating display and when he sent him crashing down for a third time in the seventh round referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop the contest. "He hailed Pacquiao as a 'great legend" and said he will take a break after his loss. His itinerary included watching Pacquiao's fight on Sunday before meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad the following day.
Tepora cited Pacquiao as his inspiration.
Lu Bin's courageous bid for a record world title win in just his second professional fight came crashing to earth when he was knocked out in the dying seconds of his battle with experienced WBA light flyweight champion Carlos Canizales of Venezuela.
Moruti Mthalane from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa got off the canvas to take home the vacant International Boxing Federation flyweight title by outpointing Waseem Muhammad, who was bidding to become Pakistan's first ever world champion.