Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

"We did a good job, my team did a good job in training".

He had replaced long-term trainer Freddie Roach with Buboy Fernandez for the contest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Following his shock loss to Australian journeyman Jeff Horn last time out, Pacquiao made a decision to change his corner team, and his new line-up paid immediate dividends.

It was a long time ago since I've done that, I came out smoking hot. First I would like to rest and go back home.

The 39-year-old Filipino legend stunned Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout.

"Firstly I'd like to thank them both for being in the stands to witness my fight", the 39-year-old Pacquiao told a news conference later, referring to both Dr Mahathir and Duterte.

His aggression knocked Matthysse down on one knee in the third and fifth rounds.

"I think it will be a really good matchup between the two because their styles are ideal for each other but the key will be the foot speed of sir Manny. That's what I did for this fight", said Pacquiao, claiming that he felt like 28 or 27 years old again. I think he's scared of my punches, " Pacquiao said.

Duterte said in a statement that Pacquiao has proven himself again as "one of the greatest boxers of all time" and that the win will cement his legacy in the sport.

"I didn't expect the win but I really trained hard for this fight for three long months", said the big-punching Tepora who extended his unbeaten record to 22 wins with 17 inside the distance.

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.

Pacquaio said he will return to his senator work for now but won't be hanging up the gloves just yet.

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

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