Philippine icon Senator Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he aims to prove that his time in boxing is not yet over when he takes on Argentinian champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia in July.
Pacquiao, a 39-year-old eight-division world champion, will challenge Matthysse's World Boxing Association welterweight title in the July 15 bout in Kuala Lumpur.
‘My time is not done yet, that's what I'm trying to prove,’ he told a pre-fight press conference in Manila. ‘Manny Pacquiao is not done yet in boxing ... I will do my best to win convincingly.
‘If I could have the chance to finish it right away, I'll finish it,’ he added.
Pacquiao's last knockout win was in 2009 against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
Matthysse, who scored a knockout victory against Thailand's number one boxer Tewa Kiram in January, vowed to do his best to defend his title in the ‘dream’ fight with Pacquiao.
‘It's a great opportunity for me to fight Manny Pacquiao. It's a dream come true,’ he said. ‘It's an honourr because he's a legendary fighter. It's the first time defending my world title which was very difficult for me to attain.’