Lucas Matthysse banking on power against Manny Pacquiao
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 09, 2018 05:25 PM
(Photo courtesy of @DyanCastillejo on Twitter)
Argentinian defending WBA (Regular} Welterweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse and his team believe that he has the power advantage coming into his title defense against Manny Pacquiao at Fight of Champions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, July 15th.
Understandably so, given that in his 39 career wins, all but three have come via KO or TKO.
His latest KO win, last January against Thailand's Tewa Kiram, earned him his first world championship.
With less a week to go before fight night, Team Matthysse has already set up shop in Kuala Lumpur, and are working on the Argentinian's power punches.
"I can tell you one thing, I've trained a lot of fighters in the past, all I know about Lucas Matthysse is that he has a devastating punch with both hands." said Mattyhsse's coach Joel Diaz.
Talking to ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, Diaz believes that if Matthysse gets to tag Pacquiao it could be a short night.
"He has so much power in his punches that if he hits you with a left, he hits you with a right, he hurts you,"
"That’s why I’m so confident that sooner or later, Manny Pacquiao has to exchange with Lucas, and if he catches him with either hand, it’ll hurt." Diaz added.
Aside from a leaving an impressive mark, Diaz believes that a Matthysse KO would be for the best considering that it's tough to get a decision against a volume puncher like Pacquiao.
"We’re gonna win, and in order to win, we have to be very clear with a win. Not only win, we have to do it convincingly." Diaz said. "If we have to go to the judges, we have to convince the judges, but with the volume of punches that Manny Pacquiao throws, it’s hard to win a decision."
At the end of the day, it's going to be Pacquiao's speed against Matthysse's power.
"Manny Pacquiao has fast hands and he has speed. Lucas has the power, speed against power. They’re gonna have to battle it out."
Pacquiao has been on the wrong end of a vicious knockout before, most notably against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2012.
Can Lucas Matthysse be only the third person to stop Manny Pacquiao?
Catch Fight of Champions: Pacquiao versus Matthysse at 10:00 AM on ABS-CBN channel 2! Replay at 7:00 PM on S+A channel 23.
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