Los Angeles - Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya confirmed on Monday that Argentina's World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas
Matthysse will defend his title against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur in July.
Filipino icon Pacquiao had first announced plans for the
fight in a statement last month, but details of the bout remained shrouded in
In a statement on Twitter, De La Hoya said the contest was
"Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially
announce that WBA welterweight world champion @MatthysseLucas will put his
title on the line against @mannypacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia on Saturday
night July 14 (US time)," De La Hoya wrote.
Pacquiao, 39, had said last month that the fight against
Matthysse would take place on June 24.
"This is going to be a tough fight. Matthysse is also a
knockout artist. But I'm excited to fight and be a world champion again,"
"I'm the underdog in this fight but I'm used to it. It
serves as a big motivation for me to train and fight hard to win the
crown," added Pacquiao, who has won eight world titles in a record eight
Pacquiao has not fought in the ring since being defeated on
points by Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July, a loss that cost the
Filipino star his WBO crown.
Matthysse, who has 39 wins including 36 by knockout against
four defeats, won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand's Teerachai
Sithmorseng in January.