Boxing experts react to Manny Pacquiao's KO win over Lucas Matthysse
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 06:41 PM
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, celebrates after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory Sunday with a seventh-round knockout of Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years, that will help revive his career.(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Sunday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, people were treated to a vintage performance by Manny Pacquiao, as he appeared to turn back the clock in his seven-round domination of Argentina's Lucas Mattyhsse to capture the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship.
It was Pacquiao's 60th career win and his eleventh run as a world champion, but more impressive is how he got there.
For the first time in nine years, Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout.
And while it was indeed a fight for the books for Manny, it doesn't change the fact that he's 39 years old and nearing the end of his long and storied boxing career, one that will go down in history as one of the best.
A number of veteran boxing analysts and journalists took to Twitter to give their two cents on Manny's latest performance.
The reaction to the knockout was pretty much the same, one of surprise and excitement:
Matthysse is slowwwwwwwwww— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 15, 2018
Matthysse takes a knee near the end of the fifth round. That makes it a 10-8 round. Manny up 50-43 after five. He can’t compete with Pacquiao’s quickness. #PacMatthysse— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 15, 2018
Matthysse down with the uppercut and won’t get up. IT IS OVER! Pacquiao with first stoppage since 2009! 7th ROUnd TKO— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 15, 2018
The streak is over: Manny Pacquiao drops Lucas Matthysse a third time in Round 7 to score first knockout since 2009.— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) July 15, 2018
A thorough, dominant performance from the 39-year-old Filipino icon.
Another left uppercut!!! Matthysse is stopped! It’s all over. Pacquiao scores his first knockout since his 2009 TKO of Miguel Cotto. He’s back! #pacquiaoMatthysse— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 15, 2018
Manny's 60th professional win and his first knockout in nearly a decade was certainly something to talk about.
Don't remember seeing Pacquiao celebrate that emotionally in a long time. Very strong performance in career win No. 60.— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) July 15, 2018
Lost in the celebration but worth mentioning is that Matthysse had absolutely nothing tonight.— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) July 15, 2018
The big difference was that Manny wanted to fight. No, he's nowhere near what he used to be, but he's a real fighter and performed the way an aging legend should -- wisely doing the best he could with what he has left. Good for him.— Nigel Collins (@NigelBoxing) July 15, 2018