Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Pacquiao announces fight for June 24, but no deal struck yet

Pacquiao announces fight for June 24, but no deal struck yet

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that his comeback to the ring will be in Kuala Lumpur on June 24 against the Argentine welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.

"So, expect me to train hard for this fight". Matthysse is also a knockout artist.

Mathysse, who is the reigning WBA welterweight world champion, holds a record of 39-4, with 36 knockouts.

Pacquiao's team released an official statement about his June 24 bought in Malaysia, in the statement he announced a new training team that didn't include coach Roach, instead he named Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Roger "Haplas" Fernandez as his trainers.

"For years we've had these proposals from people in the Mideast, whether it's Abu Dhabi, or the Emirates, or Saudi Arabia, and we're still waiting for the first deposit for the fight to happen", Arum told boxing reporter Dan Rafael in an article posted Thursday night.

Pacquiao, victor of 59 bouts against seven losses and two draws, lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title to Australia's Jeff Horn past year in a huge upset in Brisbane, Australia.

If the money comes up then I've agreed to sign on.

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The co-promotion signals an apparent break with long-time United States promoter Bob Arum - who reportedly warned that the card was not a done deal.

"I knew this is going to be a tough fight. I'm not booking my flight (to Malaysia) yet". He seemed unsure about both the location of the proposed fight and whether Matthysse was even guaranteed to be Pac-Man's next opponent.

"I like his aggressive fighting style".

Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight weight divisions, was listening and gracious enough to accept the challenge.

That was a knock on Horn, whom Pacquiao has accused of being a dirty fighter after he was cut by repeated head butts in their fight.

Matthysse, 35, won the WBA 147-lb title by knocking out Thailand's Tewa Kiram last January in Los Angeles.

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