Pacquiao to face Matthysse in June title clash

Manny Pacquiao will fight in Malaysia in June, as he attempts to prise the WBA welterweight belt away from Lucas Matthysse.

Pacquiao hasn’t fought since last July when he lost his WBO title to Australia’s Jeff Horn on a controversial points decision.

The 39-year-old was linked with an encounter against America’s Danny Garcia or Matthysse for his next bout, and the Philippines senator has now confirmed that he will fight the latter on June 24.

The Argentine won the vacant WBA belt in January after a victory over Tewa Kiram, with Pacquiao expected to conduct a promotional tour across Asia in the build-up to the clash.

Pacquiao said: “I like his aggressive fighting style. That’s what I want, to entertain the boxing fans. Besides, Matthysse is not a dirty fighter and I highly respect him for that.

“I know, this is going to be a tough fight. Matthysse is also a knockout artist. But I’m excited to fight and be a world champion again. So, expect me to train hard for this fight.

“I’m the underdog in this fight but I’m used to it. It serves as a big motivation for me to train and fight hard to win the crown.”