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Manny Pacquiao scores First Knockout in 9 Years after Winning against Lucas Matthysse

Tags: Boxing, Lucas Matthysse, Manny Pacquiao, Philippines.
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 by "T".

It took almost a full decade since his last knockout win, but on Sunday July 15 Manny Pacquiao reminded everyone, especially his fans, that there's still so much more left in him.

Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 Kos), who will turn 40 years old in December, erased rising suspicions that he was definitely past his prime by showing scenarios of his old self in a one-sided boxing takedown of Argentine brawler Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the audience cheering him on, the senator by day and icon for Filipino people relied on speed and awkward angles to score his first knockout since he finished Miguel Cotto in 2009 when he was at the peak of his boxing prime.

Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win titles in 8 divisions, also claimed Matthysse's WBA regular welterweight title.

Pacquiao said, "Thank God for this victory. This is all dedicated to God and all the Filipino people. Thank you to our country and our president for watching this fight."

Rumors of Pacquiao's downfall, which were influenced in part by his confusing decision to cut ties with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, proved to be far too presumptuous as strength coach Justine Fortune and longtime cornerman Buboy Fernandes took over the reins. When compared to his disputed decision loss to Jeff Horn last July in their title bout, this time around Pacquiao looked very focused and prepared.

Pacquiao said, "We did a good job and my team in training. We were not pushing hard like we did when we were very young. We controlled ourselves in the training but it's heavy training. Thanks to all of my team for working hard in this fight."

Naturally the headlines will mainly feature Pacquiao's renewed strength, however on the other side, the 35-year-old Lucas Matthysse did not put up too much of a resistance. Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) looked quite slow and disinterested as he struggled throughout dealing with Pacquiao's speed and footwork.

Not only did Matthysse's reputation for being a vicious power puncher fail to show up in this fight, he also was unable to adjust on the elite level after he fell behind and was knocked down 3 times in total, including at Round 5 when he voluntarily took a knee after a couple of jabs to his temple.

Pacquiao said, "Matthysse has the power also so we were taking care in the ring with hands up all the time and doing my best. I'm surprised [he was knocked down three times] because Matthysse is a very tough opponent. I knocked him down and that's a bonus for being focused and patient and in the fight and working hard in training."

Pacquiao outlanded Matthysse 344 to 246 and was able to connect 44% of his power shots. Aside from landing body shots on lead left hands to slow his opponent down, Pacquiao repeatedly caught him leaning forward with uppercuts that effectively split the guard.

In Round 3, Matthysse was floored with an uppercut. After taking a knee and appearing as if he may quit two rounds after, he was sent down for the final time in Round 7 with a left uppercut. After sitting up to one knee, Matthysse spit out his mouthpiece, which prompted referee Kenny Bayless to wave off the fight at time 2:43 of the round.

When asked after the match on what was the most difficult part of facing Pacquiao, Matthysse said, "To fight Manny Pacquiao. He's a great fighter and a great champion."

Even though he lost, Matthysse said he wasn't going to retire, "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Today was my turn to lose and I lost to a great fighter and a great legend in Manny Pacquiao. [I'm going to] take a rest, take a break. I worked really hard and I want to go back home to my family. This is part of boxing that you win some and lose some. Today was my turn to lose but nothing more."

Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao's Hall of Fame promoter, had revealed in recent weeks about his plan to match the boxing legend against pound-for-pound king and lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko later this year. The pay-per-view bout, which would most likely be extremely popular, could immediately catapult Lomachenko to stardom in the same way that Pacquiao did after he defeated an aging Oscar De La Hoya back in 2008.

Pacquiao was tight-lipped when asked which foe he wanted to fight next, "That's another story and another discussion. Right now, I'm happy to go back to my country in the Philippines and to celebrate the victory and, of course, doing my job as a public servant. We are planned [to fight again in 2018]. We have not decided yet. Right now my focus is to go back to my country and, of course, relax."

Source:
https://sports.yahoo.com/manny-pacquiao-makes-easy-work-lucas-matthysse-7th-round-tko-042655935.html


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13 comments for "Manny Pacquiao scores First Knockout in 9 Years after Winning against Lucas Matthysse"

 doubletop7777/16/2018 8:01:29 AM GMT
It's great to see Manny Pacquiao back and boxing well again. In his prime, he was always my favourite boxer and his fight with Oscar De La Hoya is still one of my all time favourite fights
 Nightkid7/16/2018 6:37:32 PM GMT
Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao and appear like this again after so much time ... I do not like boxing very much but as I see that they have not published the mafioso friend I pass by here Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 Gerimantas7/17/2018 10:36:10 AM GMT
I personally not like box wnd not watch any games, and i not understand how many money boxers get in pay in onr match, to me it is crazy when people get 20 or 30 millions of dollars for one match and sometimes match only goes for one minute. I also think it is a lit of corruption in this sport and many matches than result is know before match
 CALICUL7/17/2018 10:11:23 PM GMT
I quit being a fan of boxing for many years. Circus all over but little boxing. The Klitschko brothers Wladimir Wladimirowitsch and Vitali Volodimirovici they were not spectacular in their matches and i was bored. However, this Manny Pacquiao was a much more spectacular boxer and had a beautiful career but now is almost 40 years old and his time has passed. I congratulate him for victory.
 Robbo19907/18/2018 8:44:25 AM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
I quit being a fan of boxing for many years. Circus all over but little boxing. The Klitschko brothers Wladimir Wladimirowitsch and Vitali Volodimirovici they were not spectacular in their matches and i was bored. However, this Manny Pacquiao was a much more spectacular boxer and had a beautiful career but now is almost 40 years old and his time has passed. I congratulate him for victory.


the best is at this lighter level where current best pound for pound is lomachenko. thats where the technique etc is. and where you have to train for most of the year not just a month or two
 Mysik867/18/2018 9:25:43 AM GMT
I like the boxing only, when there is a KO/TKO. Then I know it's pretty fair. But if famous boxer win by points, because he is famous, or match is in his hometown country - this is unfair.
In general, I don't like sports, when a lot depends on judge score - like gymnastic, figure skating, etc. I like sports, that are measurable - running, cycling, throw etc.
And boxing sometimes is non-measurable...

Back to topis - congrats for Manny - he is great fighter!
 Odysseus1017/18/2018 3:56:48 PM GMT
Manny is a great and storied fighter indeed. It's too bad that the sport of boxing itself is on the decline. Which is hardly surprising because of the corruption, blatantly skewed results, enormous purses, influence of organized crime and shady promoters, all because of the gambling attached to it. Gambling ruins any sport over time. Would anyone watch horse racing if there weren't a wager? There's a sport that only exists because of the gambling associated with it.
 CALICUL7/18/2018 10:12:17 PM GMT
Not only gambling ruins any sport because there is a strategy of many fighters or boxers who fight in the ring and they are gentle too much. They do this thing for money and to fight more often in many matches. In this way they earn more money because instead of having 2-3 fights each year they have 4-5 and money destroy sports with gambling and other inconvenience.
 pochui7/21/2018 8:36:48 PM GMT
well that is quite an ending to the fight... probably a sweet feeling indeed to record another knockout after painfully long 9 years... wow anyone can start doubting ones abilities after such a long dry period... but as most tales this one too has a happy ending
 Nightkid7/22/2018 2:58:48 PM GMT
Well sometimes you have a streak of bad luck or hands that despite having higher percentage of winning you end up losing, I spend many times against the Russians ... that the truth sometimes I do not understand how they win with those letters hahaha Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
 CALICUL7/22/2018 8:29:08 PM GMT
Posted by Nightkid:
Well sometimes you have a streak of bad luck or hands that despite having higher percentage of winning you end up losing, I spend many times against the Russians ... that the truth sometimes I do not understand how they win with those letters hahaha Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!


you posted wrong my friend.
 Mober7/23/2018 4:47:27 PM GMT
It is the same, no matter who you play against.
Anyone can play a hand like them.
And in some games it doesnt really matter, how you play some hands.
There is also a saying that goes like this : if you cant beat them, join them... Smile
 Nightkid7/23/2018 5:30:05 PM GMT
CALICUL you were right I had not realized hahaha happens that I hang out there playing some tournament or doing something other than the truth or look that he had published elsewhere that hahaha Confused Confused Confused

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