Buenos Aires - Just two weeks after a punishing knockout
loss to Filipino great Manny Pacquiao, Argentine former WBA welterweight
champion Lucas Matthysse announced his retirement on Thursday.
"Today I decided to hang up the gloves, another stage
in my life is beginning," said the 35-year-old Matthysse, who ends his
43-fight career with a record of 38 wins, 36 inside the distance, for just five
defeats and one no contest.
Matthysse's last fight was a seventh round stoppage loss to
Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, in which the previously explosive Argentine looked
past his best.
"Pacquiao is a great boxer, I lost to a legend,"
"I'm proud to have stayed at the top for 10 years
fighting the best in the world."
He won the WBA welterweight title in January with an eighth
round knockout of Thailand's Tewa Kiram.
He previously held the interim WBC super-lightweight title
but was narrowly beaten by American Danny Garcia in Las Vegas in 2013 when
challenging for the full strap.