The Philippine senator and boxing legend gained his 60th win against Matthysse after coming off a defeat over Jeff Horn in Australia last year. Now, it seems as if he’s just been baptised into fighting anew.
Despite many calls for him to retire, the 39-year-old fighter says he’s not on the season of leaving the ring since his last bout opened a glorious new act in his successful 23-year career. Regarding his next bout, Mayweather is on top of his bucket list.
During a post-fight interview at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, “Pacman” told reporters:
“Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots.”
“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back in boxing, let’s do a second one.”
Pacquiao looks like he’s back to being a devastatingly fast and powerful puncher
The pride of the Philippines was hailed as the world’s “best pound-for-pound fighter” when he seized eight division belts at the height of his career between 2000 and 2010.
In 2015, Pacquiao lost against the undefeated Mayweather on a unanimous decision in one of the richest fights in boxing history. Now that he regained the momentum after rolling back the years to pummel Matthysse into 7th-round submission, Pacquiao is looking forward to his next opponent.
“My next fight, I want to defend my belt.”
He also highlighted British former light-welterweight world champion, Amir Khan, as a next potential combatant. Despite his multiple engagements for being in the political realm, Pacquiao said he will still carry on fighting past his 40th birthday in December.
“If boxing is not my passion, I would not fight again.”
“It’s like I’m addicted to boxing and I really love to fight and bring honour to my country.”
“Addicted to boxing”
Some of Pacman’s other potential fights are against three-weight world champion Terence Crawford, 3-belt lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and a possible rematch against Horn.
For now, the Philippine president will return back to his country to continue working on the legislative department where his work has piled up while he’s away in training camp.