Manny Pacquiao knocked out Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round to claim the WBA welterweight title on Sunday at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"You have to love what you do in order to do what I still do as a 39-year-old fighter," said Manny Pacquiao
But this time around, his new team of mostly Filipinos led by chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, acknowledged his condition and fitness and new training regime
"Do I look old,?" asked Pacquiao laughing in front of the members of media at the post-fight press conference.
Every masterful stroke dealt by Pacquiao befuddled Matthysse, who planned on taking out the future Hall of Famer.
"Not today," said Pacquiao, who was cheered on by Philip[pine president Rodrigo Duterte who watched in the presidential suite with new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. "Of course, it was an extra motivational tool for me to fight well and careful."
Fernandez warned Pacquiao not to be too confident when he knocked down Matthysse in the third and fifth rounds.
"It might have been a trick. But we were ready for Matthysse," said a beaming Fernandez, who for the first time, acted as chief trainer aided by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant Raides "Nonoy" Neri. Cutman Edgardo de la Vega was not needed as Pacquiao was never in trouble.
"We will take a rest for now before we decide what to do next," said Pacquiao, who goes back to work this week as the Philippine Senate opens its sessions.