Pacquiao-Matthysse: Round 7

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It was Pacquiao's first victory inside the distance since 2009 and improves the eight-division world champion's record to 60-7-2. I'm still there. I am back in boxing, "said Pacquiao, who debunked notions that he's a washout after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane past year".

"I'm surprised - Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down, so that's a bonus for being focused in the fight and in training", he said.

Pacquiao said he was planning on fighting again this year, but wouldn't name any opponents.

In his first bout since he lost to Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July previous year, Pacquiao bagged the World Boxing Association's welterweight title in the fight in Axiata Arena stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

He had replaced long-term trainer Freddie Roach with Buboy Fernandez for the contest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "You have to rest and get it back and that's what I did".

Now 39-5, Matthysse was admonished by his corner for taking a knee in order to recover from another Pacquiao flurry in the fifth.

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"This is part of boxing". "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose - today was my turn to lose, but I lost against a great champion and a legend".

"We did a good job in training and controlled ourselves", he added.

"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".

It was Pacquiao's 39th KO win of his fabled 23-year career but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, nearly nine years ago.

Pacquiao has had issues with shoulder and calf injuries, although it seems that none of these have bothered the boxer in his fight with Matthysse as he even scored his first knockout win in nine years.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also attended the fight, the biggest boxing match in the country since 1975 heavyweight clash between Muhammad Ali and Australian Joe Bugner. "It's a good one, it's the first time that I have traveled outside the Philippines just to see him fight", he told reporters.