Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

The best way to go is to go out on top says one fight analyst. Lai Seng Sin Reuters

Manny Pacquiao produced a dominant display to stun Lucas Matthysse with a seventh round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title.

Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years as he stopped WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Sunday - the 39-year-old Filipino icon's first knockout win since 2009.

"I said he (Pacquiao) is 39", President Duterte said, relaying his conversation with Pacquiao in an ambush interview after the fight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday.

Since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australian underdog Jeff Horn, Pacquiao decided to make some changes to his team by leaving long time trainer Freddie Roach in favor of his best friend Buboy Fernandez, and leaving promoter Bob Arum to promote the Matthysse fight himself.

Pacquiao is almost 40 years old and feels this fight will be the deciding factor on whether or not he continues to fight again. We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.

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The Filipino dropped the champion three times in the fight, the first coming from a beautifully timed left hook in round three as the veteran dominated.

Pacquiao said he picked Matthysse as his opponent because "he brings action to the ring", which only means plenty of opportunities for him to strike and, possibly, score a victory convincing enough for him to lay down a few more fights down the road before retiring.

Dtuerte then hopes that Pacquiao, one of his closes allies in the Senate, will continue to serve as an inspiration to the Filipino people.

Lu was felled near the end of the 11th round for the first time in his short pro career. After a barrage of punches a storming straight right dropped Lu and the referee waved it off.

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