Pacquiao, Matthysse make weight for welterweight title…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Manny Pacquiao weighed in at a trim 146 pounds Saturday for his showdown with World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, who also made weight at 146.7 pounds.

The legendary Filipino eight-division champion and the Argentinian known as a knockout specialist were comfortably below the 147-pound limit when they stepped on a scale ahead of Sunday’s bout, dubbed the “fight of champions.”

Pacquiao, who turns 40 in December, returns to the ring a year after his shock-decision loss to Australia’s Jeff Horn.

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Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse speaks as Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao smiles during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

Pacquiao didn’t speak after the weigh-in but the words on his long sleeve t-shirt made clear his determination to seek a 60th victory: “Fight On.”

He has 38 of his 59 wins by knockout. Matthysse, 35, has 39 wins – 36 by knockout.

Pacquiao is fighting for the first time with new trainer Buboy Fernandez. He replaced Pacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach, who Pacquiao dropped after 16 years together.

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Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

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World Welterweight Championship belt is displayed at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Champion Lucas Matthysse and Manny Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

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Philippine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

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Philippine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

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