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Laban ni Pacquiao kay Matthysse sa Hulyo 15
PORMAL na ipinahayag ni Golden Boy Promotions big boss Oscar De La Hoya sa social media na magdedepensa ang alaga niyang si WBA welterweight belt-holder Lucas Matthysse ng Argentina kay eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao sa Hulyo 15 sa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse will put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday night July 14 (US time),” pahayag ni Dela Hoya sa kanyang Tweeter account.
Kinumpirma ni Golden Boy President Eric Gomez ang naging mensahe ni Dela Hoya sa panayam sa BoxingScene. com.
“It’s done,” aniya.
“When we were contacted by Manny Pacquiao and his crew, we weren’t sure what his current situation was but we obviously worked together,” ani Gomez. “There were a few issues that came up and we worked through them and we were able to get it done.”
“We have every assurance that this is going to happen. We’re working on the press conference now. We feel confident this is going to go through,” dagdag ni Gomez na binanggit na ang ESPN ang posibleng magpalabas ng sagupaan sa United States.
Natamo ni Matthysse ang bakanteng WBA welterweight title nang patulugin si Tewa Kiram ng Thailand sa 8th round nitong Enero 27 sa The Forum, Inglewood, California sa US.
May rekord si Matthysse na 39 panalo, 4 na talo na may 36 pagwawagi sa knockouts at matagal na niyang pangarap makaharap si Pacquiao na may kartadang 59-7-2 win-loss-draw na may 38 panalo sa knockouts.
“Obviously Lucas would love to do the fight here in the U.S. and wanted the fight here in the U.S. but it was too good of a deal to pass up in Malaysia and we’re very excited and happy that he got this opportunity,” sambit ni Gomez.
“He deserves it and he’s wanted it for some time now and whenever you get a chance to fight Manny Pacquiao, you’ve got to be willing to go to the moon if it’s going to take place there.”