Two Filipino fighters - a current world champion and a former titleholder - share the same opinion regarding Manny Pacquiao's bid to dethrone World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight king Lucas Matthysse this Sunday.
"I think you have to take a look at Manny Pacquiao's last fights, he hasn't knocked somebody out since Cotto in 2009, so you have to take a look at that", De La Hoya said in an intimate interview with select Filipino reporters at Le Meridien Hotel on Thursday.
Matthysse told the news conference he is determined to defend his title and isn't concerned that it could end Pacquiao's career if the Filipino loses. Horn has since lost the title to Terence Crawford, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, a moniker that Pacquiao used to claim.
The 39-year-old struggled against Horn's aggressive tactics in Brisbane and Matthysse - who has 39 wins from 43 bouts, 36 by knockout - is expected to take a similar approach.
De La Hoya, who promotes the Fight of Champions along with Pacquiao, arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Los Angeles for the final press conference.
Tapales, who briefly reigned as WBO 118-lb champion, echoed Ancajas' observations but warned that standing still in front of Matthysse will be foolish. "If he decides to retire, that's his decision".
"He keeps on coming inside", said Ancajas, who is booked to return to the ring and defend his crown for the sixth defense of the IBF 115-lb throne on September 15 in the US.
Matthysse may be the underdog but his trainer Joel Diaz said "nothing is impossible".
Previously, Arnold Vegafria, the business manager of Pacquiao's promotion outfit MP Promotions, said the "Pacman" was "hungry" and focused on winning his ninth title.
His most recent venture is into cryptocurrency, as an investor in Singapore-based blockchain firm Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX).
"It's not easy but this is time management. I always felt that life comes around full circle and puts us together".
World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sprang a birthday surprise for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during a courtesy call on the premier at the Perdana Leadership Foundation Complex here today.