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(L-R) Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Lucas Matthysse. (Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions)

(L-R) Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Lucas Matthysse. (Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions)

by Nick Giongco

KUALA LUMPUR — Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse are headed or a titanic showdown as far as their choices for teams in the FIFA World Cup are concerned.

Pacquiao is rooting for Croatia while Matthysse is batting for France.

Pacquiao predicted that the Croats would run over favored England when he spoke to reporters prior to the semis clash with England. Matthysse went for France since his surname suggests he is of French origin.

Before the semifinals, the two were rooting for the same team: Argentina. But the fancied Argentines were left crying after getting shamed by France in the round-of-16.

Pacquiao and Matthysse are fighting for the World Boxing Association welterweight crown this Saturday at the Axiata Arena. Later on that day, France and Croatia will slug it out for football’s ultimate prize.

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