Manny Pacquiao skips rope during a recent training session at the Elorde Gym inside the Mall of Asia Arena complex.
Wendell Rupert Alinea
Pacquiao on fight cancellation talks: Malicious, untrue
Abac Cordero (philstar.com) - May 19, 2018 - 8:07pm

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao reported for training Saturday afternoon, and by flashing the thumbs-up sign dispelled rumors of the postponement of his title fight against Lucas Matthysse on July 15.

"Some people want to sabotage the fight," said Pacquiao inside the dressing room of the Elorde Gym at the Mall of Asia grounds.

An Argentine television network reported Saturday that the WBA welterweight title fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse, the champion, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been postponed.

The report, which Pacquiao branded as "malicious and untrue," claimed that disagreements between MP Promotions and the Kuala Lumpur investors have led to the postponement of the fight, the first big boxing match in Malaysia since the Muhammad Ali-Joe Bugner show in 1975.

Pacquiao is in the third week of his training for the fight, his first since taking a bitter loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July last year.

"Gusto nila i-sabotage ang fight," said Pacquiao, without naming names.

"Okay lang," he told The STAR, practically assuring everyone that the fight will go on as planned and as advertised.

"Where can you find a card with four world title fights? That's why some people want to sabotage it," said Pacquiao.

Nearing 40, the eight-division world champion is out to prove that he remains an elite fighter, and has hinted that if he's not successful against Matthysse, then it may be the time to retire.

"But I want to be world champion again," said Pacquiao, as motivated as when he was the past decade, which had him knocking out bigger opponents, winning the Fighter of the Year award year after year, and becoming the face of boxing.

"Okay lang," he said after the gym session supervised by Filipino trainer Buboy Fernandez and Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.

Pacquiao laughed off the rumors, and even thanked those behind them for the added publicity.

"Salamat sa kanila," he said.

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