Sen. Manny Pacquiao assured his fans that he will not retire after his fight against Argentinian champion Lucas Matthyse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15.
“Definitely, this is not my last fight.” the Pambansang Kamao said during the press conference of the fight billed as ‘The Fight of Champions’ in Malaysia.
According to Pacquiao, he dreams to have his retirement bout in the Philippines, and that he is also preparing to have fights in other Asian countries, including China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Matthyse, on the other hand, hopes to invite the Fighting Senator to Argentina for a possible rematch.
Meanwhile, the 39-year old Filipino boxing idol dismissed concerns regarding his ability to fight due to his age, and insisted that discipline in training and preparation is all he needed to return to the ring.
In his upcoming fight, Pacquiao will attempt to seize the WBA (regular) welterweight belt from Matthyse, who will be defending his title for the first time after winning it in a bout against Thai fighter Tewa Kiram last January.
This will be the Filipino fighter’s first match after losing his WBO Welterweight title to undefeated Australian champion Jeff Horn in July.