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See Pacquiao and Matthysee weigh-in at MITEC today

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  • See Pacquiao and Matthysee weigh-in at MITEC today

    KUALA LUMPUR: Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Argentine Lucas Matthysse will step on to the scales for the weigh-in at the MITEC (Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre) at 8am.

    Boxing fans eager to catch the two top fighters up close should not miss the event.

    At the age of 39, Pacquiao will be aiming to strip off 35-year-old Matthyse’s World Boxing Asso­ciation (WBA) welterweight world title in a much anticipated showdown at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil tomorrow morning.

    Pacquiao, who has won 59 of his 68 professional bouts, is seeking to bounce back from a surprising and controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane more than a year ago. He lost the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title in that defeat.

    For long time boxing enthusiast Anil Kumar, it’s going to be a not-to-missed opportunity to see two boxers of such reputation in person today.

    The last time Malaysia staged a major boxing event of such magnitude was 43 years when Muhammad Ali took on British-born Joe Bugner and won at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur in July 1975.

    The cheapest ticket for tomorrow’s event costs RM488.

    “This is going to be the closest a Malaysian can get to a title challenger (Pacquiao) and a title defender (Matthysse) for free.

    “In overseas, thousands of people will queue up to enter the weigh-in for a title fight as it is opened to the public.

    Part of the show: Malaysia’s Theena Thayalan (right) will be fighting India’s Siddharth Varma in a welterweight under-card bout tomorrow.

    “It’s a spectacle put up by the promoters and goes to show how much effort the boxer has put in for training for the fight,” said Anil.

    He is also the manager for Vladimir’s Boxing Gym boxer Theena Thayalan who is taking on India’s Siddharth Varma in a welterweight under-card fight.

    “For the welterweight fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse, both boxers must not tip the scales beyond 147 pounds.

    “The reason for the weigh-in is to ensure that there is no mis-match between the opponents.

    “After the weigh-in, the boxer is allowed to go back to the weight he is comfortable in, perhaps two or three pounds more.

    “There have been occasions where the boxer do not get within the stipulated weight. The fight commissioner can either instruct the boxer to lose the extra weight within two hours by skipping in sweatsuit or fine them. So it can get interesting,” he said.

    Besides the main 12-round bout between Pacquiao and Matthysse, three more world titles are also at stake.

    Undefeated Filipino Jhack Tepora will challenge Edivaldo Ortega of Mexico (12-round featherweight) while Venezuela’s Carlos Canizales will stake his light flyweight belt against China’s Lu Bin and South African Moruthi Mthlane goes up against Muhd Waseem of Pakistan for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title.