Duterte to watch Pacquiao-Matthysse bout in Malaysia on July 15

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) — Malacañang on Tuesday confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will watch the upcoming fight of Sen. Manny Pacquiao in Malaysia.

Pacquiao is set to challenge World Boxing Association welterweight title holder Lucas Matthysse on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.

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Presidental Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte will have a "private trip" to Malaysia to witness the Pacquiao-Matthysse bout. But the President will also meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Bin Mohamad to discuss their plans in combating insurgency and terrorism.

"Ang unang plano ng Pangulo ay talagang it's going to be a private trip to watch Manny Pacquiao's fight pero nung nagkausap nga po sila ni Prime Minister Mahathir ay nag-date na sila, kumbaga. Dahil (July) 15 ang laban, (July) 16 ang magiging pag-uusap ni Presidente at ni Prime Minister Mahathir," Roque said.

Roque added President Duterte told members of the Cabinet that they are welcome to watch the fight with him, as long as they shoulder their own expenses.


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Matthysse holds a professional record of 39 wins, 36 by way of knockout, and four defeats. Pacquiao sports a slate of 59 wins, including 38 knockouts, and has lost seven bouts, with two of his fights ending in draws.

Pacquiao, who also hails from Mindanao, is Duterte's political ally.