Legendary Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao will take on WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina live on BoxNation from the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 14.
After all, the Filipino legend, victor of world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions and one of the greatest fighters in history, is 39 now.
"Not because he can not win or lose, but I'd like to see my friend rest on his laurels at this time and enjoy life".
Pacquiao is almost 40 years old and feels this fight will be the deciding factor on whether or not he continues to fight again.
"I'm surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent", Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.
FIST PUMP. President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad do the Philippine leader's traditional fist pump gesture alongside boxing champ Senator Manny Pacquiao.
"I came out smoking hot", said Pacquiao who extended his record to 60 wins, seven losses and two draws.
"We did a good job in training and controlled ourselves", he added.
On a great morning in Malaysia for fighters for the Philippines, Jhack Tepora earlier stopped Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega to win the interim World Boxing Association featherweight title.
He swiftly followed up with a barrage of powerful swinging punches that forced the referee to step in after 2min 38sec of round nine. "You win some, you lose some", Matthysse said.
Dtuerte then hopes that Pacquiao, one of his closes allies in the Senate, will continue to serve as an inspiration to the Filipino people.
Canizales went for the kill in the 12th and final stanza.