Fightful Boxing Newsletter (7/12) Table Of Contents:
Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse Preview:
It’s hard to believe any boxer not only competing nearly 25 years after making his pro debut, but it’s even harder to believe that same boxer would be competing for a world title, but Manny Pacquiao will do just that on July 14 when he faces off against WBA “regular” welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.
The fight will headline a rare supercard in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia that will have a total of four world title fights take place on July 14 (July 15 in Malaysia).
It’s a strange sight in 2018, but ultimately proves that Pacquiao, one of the biggest global stars the sport has had in the last 20 years, is timeless.
This fight might just be Pacquiao's last time fighting in the ring. Pacquiao turns 40 years old, hasn't been considered a welterweight elite in years, despite winning a world title in 2017, and has been on the decline in his last 10 fights. Pacquiao's schedule has also been mainly busy with working as a promoter and more famously, a senator in his native Philippines.
One can argue that Pacquiao's four losses in his last 10 fights are not entirely his fault. After all, two of those losses came via extremely dubious judging, but the other two losses came against Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez (yes, the famous knockout win for Marquez). Those losses clearly showed Pacquiao is not the same boxer who dominated Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton in years past.
On the other hand, the 35-year-old Matthysse is also on the decline, despite a strong performance against Tewa Kiram earlier this year. But the win against Kiram was probably more so Kiram's skills not being up there among the best boxers Matthysse has previously fought than Matthysse being a top three welterweight. Matthysse's loss to Viktor Postol in 2015 showed that Matthysse would not be considered a the guy at 140 lbs. and eventually 147 lbs.
Since then, Matthysse has rattled off wins against Emmanuel Taylor and Kiram, but its hardly the type of resume anyone would think would be the recipe to beating Pacquiao.
Still, there was a reason not many were actually complaining when it was revealed that the plan was to have this fight be on traditional pay-per-view instead on ESPN+ in the United States. The two can still provide a quality fight for fans to enjoy and more than anything, after an exciting 2017 for the welterweights, 2018 has been somewhat lackluster.
Tale of the Tape:
Record: 59-7-2 (38 KO)
Notable Fights: Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Timothy Bradley Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr.
World Titles Won: WBC Flyweight, IBF Super Flyweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight, WBO Welterweight, WBC Junior Middleweight
Record: 39-4 (36 KO)
Notable Fights: Zab Judah, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Danny Garcia, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol
World Titles Won: Interim WBC Junior Welterweight, WBA “Regular” Welterweight
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