Manny Pacquiao Dominates, Stops Lucas Matthysse to Win WBA Welterweight Title

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Kuala Lumpur - If there were any remaining doubts that the championship bout between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse is in jeopardy - they all disappeared after the official weigh-in festivities Saturday morning in Kuala Lumpur.

Pacquiao is challenging "The Machine" Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt at the Axiata Arena on Sunday, knowing defeat could lower the curtain on one of the greatest careers in boxing history.

When a right-left combination thudded home to send Matthysse crashing down for a third time in the seventh round referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to save him from further punishment.

"At the beginning of round one, I had in my mind that I could control the fight but our strategy is to be patient, to take time, don't rush, don't be careless like we did before, " he said.

Pacquiao has had issues with shoulder and calf injuries, although it seems that none of these have bothered the boxer in his fight with Matthysse as he even scored his first knockout win in nine years.

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However, Pacquiao refused to be moved after the fight when asked about a potential next opponent. He's a great champion. We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.

But victory for Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) would see him become a five-time welterweight world champion and extend his legendary status and his life in the ring beyond his 40th birthday in December.

Pacquiao meanwhile recorded his 60th career victory en route to his 11th world title.

"It looks like sir Manny's conditioning is good", said IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas who was present at the event.

Canizales went for the kill in the 12th and final stanza.