Oscar De La Hoya names Lucas Matthysse as prospect opponent for Manny Pacquiao
Milan Ordoñez on Sep 24, 2015 02:03 PM
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Since the end of the “cold war” between boxing promotion giants Golden Boy and Top Rank in 2014, the opportunity to make spectacular fights became an easier task to fulfill.
Of course, both Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum have been taking advantage of this new working situation they were both suddenly given. Recently, De La Hoya opened the idea of matching up current WBC Inter-Continental light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse against the first and only eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao.
Matthysse fights under Golden Boy, while Pacquiao fights under Top Rank.
According to “The Golden Boy” himself, it is only a matter of talking to Arum to finalize the fight.
"There is a guy who manages Manny Pacquiao, and I am already in conversations with this gentleman to make a fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse. It could be a complicated fight, but that's why Lucas is preparing so well. He has some great sparring partners to work with and he'll be ready,” De La Hoya told RingTV.com.
Casual boxing fans may not be too familiar about Lucas Matthysse. Nicknamed “The Machine”, the 32-year old Argetine fighter is known for his all-action style and knockout power. He currently holds a win-loss slate of 37-3, and 1 no contest. 34 of those victories ended by knockout.
Interestingly, former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaeffer branded Matthysse as the “next Manny Pacquiao”, when Matthysse scored a TKO victory against former IBA and WBA 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson.
For Manny Pacquiao fans, Lucas Matthysse could be the fighter who can bring out the fireworks that were last seen in past “Pacman” fights of the early 2000s. Matthysse, of course, has more to gain, given his youth and hunger to prove himself as one of the best in the game today.
Matthysse will be facing undefeated boxer Viktor Postol on October 3rd at the StubHub Center in California, for the vacant WBC light welerweight title.
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