Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse is honored that Golden Boy Promotions’ Chief Executive Officer Richard Schafer compared him to eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao after his knockout of International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in three rounds at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City last Saturday.
However, the 30-year-old Matthysse, who has 32 knockouts in 34 wins with just two losses, told a post-fight news conference: “I feel very happy that people are comparing me to Manny Pacquiao, but what I really want to do is fight him.”
In heralding Matthysse as “the new Pacquiao,” Schaefer was obviously referring to the Filipino’s amazing string of knockouts when he disposed of Erik “El Terrible” Morales in their second and third fights, dropped Juan Manuel Marquez three times in the opening round of their first fight, demolished Oscar De La Hoya, annihilated Ricky Hatton, battered Miguel Cotto and ripped Antonio Margarito.
For the meantime, Matthyssee, who is the World Boxing Council Interim champion, is eyeing WBC champion Danny Garcia in a Sept. 7 fight date proposed by Schaefer.
As for a Pacquiao fight, the Filipino’s adviser Michael Koncz told the Manila Standard that Manny’s sights are focused on his scheduled Nov. 24 showdown with Brandon Rios at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau.
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