Matthysse assures his weight okay

Philippine's Manny Pacquiao practices during his training session at a gym in Kuala Lumpur on July 11, 2018, ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse on July 15. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

Lucas Matthysse opened the doors to his training camp to dismiss speculations he was struggling to shed off extra pounds, days before defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on Sunday at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

Facing the media for the first time since checking in at the Le Meridien Hotel last week, the Argentinian puncher assured to easily make scale on Saturday.

“Right now, he’s 149 pounds. So he’s just a couple of pounds over, said Matthysse’s trainer Joel Diaz, expressing confidence his ward would make the 147-pound limit.

“He’s been like that for the past couple of weeks.”

Diaz revealed Matthysse has been eating like a champ since arriving in the bustling Malaysian capital last week.

He’s enjoying a diet of fish, chicken, spaghetti, vegetables and fruits after wrapping his hard training in Indo, California.

He, however, closed his makeshift gym and refused to talk to the media with all his statements and pronouncements coming from his handlers at Golden Boy Promotions.
This sparked speculations that he’s struggling to shed off extra poundage and would encounter some problems on the eve of the fight.

“Basically, I’m just maintaining my weight, just basically tuning,” said the 35-year old Matthysse with Diaz acting as interpreter.

“I’ve had great preparation. I’m here with my (championship) belt and I’m going to take it back home.”

Matthysse’s condition is a welcome development to Team Pacquiao.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Buboy Fernandez, said Matthysse could either be marching bloated or dehydrated as he struggles to hit the 147-pound limit.

And it would be a golden opportunity to the Filipino ring idol to attack and win the welterweight crown.

“He might not control his weight on the day of the fight,” said Fernandez.
“It’s going to be a major problem for him. He would get heavy if he gets bigger,” he added.