Manny Pacquiao scored his first knockout win, and the 60th overall of his illustrious career on Sunday afternoon in Malaysia by stopping Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round.
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is a world champion again.
Since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australian underdog Jeff Horn, Pacquiao decided to make some changes to his team by leaving long time trainer Freddie Roach in favor of his best friend Buboy Fernandez, and leaving promoter Bob Arum to promote the Matthysse fight himself.
A shell-shocked Matthysse, who had come in with a record of 36 knockouts in 39 wins with just four defeats, conceded he had no answer to Pacquiao's speed, movement and power as the "old Manny" returned with a vengeance.
During the fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao's camp claimed that the lawmaker tore his rotator cuff, which prevented him from throwing jabs against the undefeated boxer. We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.
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The Filipino dropped the champion three times in the fight, the first coming from a beautifully timed left hook in round three as the veteran dominated.
Oscar De La Hoya who promotes the WBA champion Matthysse believes the fight can go either way, either Lucas by KO or Pacquiao by decision, he predicts that the fight will deliver in terms of excitement due to their aggressive natures. Pacquiao used his traditional right jab and lead left to confound the Argentinean throughout, preventing him from finding an offensive rhythm.
Manny Pacquiao might not have turned back Father Time, but the future hall of famer certainly looked good on Saturday night.
On a great morning in Malaysia for fighters for the Philippines, Jhack Tepora earlier stopped Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega to win the interim World Boxing Association featherweight title. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and today I lost.