BY THE NUMBERS: Manny Pacquiao’s first KO win in nearly a decade
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 01:42 PM
Lucas Matthysse, left, of Argentina falls after receiving a punch by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory with a seventh-round knockout of Argentinian Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Sunday morning, Manny Pacquiao captured another world title by stopping defending WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse in the main event of Fight of Champions at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
At 39 years old, Pacquiao is again a world champion, more impressively, he did it by knockout, his first stoppage win since 2009.
Let’s go behind some of the numbers from Manny Pacquiao versus Lucas Matthysse.
Manny Pacquiao threw a dominant 344 punches during the seven-round affair, as compared to Lucas Matthysse’s 246.
Of the 344, Manny connected on 95 of them, including the two uppercuts that led to the knockdown and eventually the knockout. Matthysse landed just 57.
Of those 95 punches, Pacquiao landed a staggering 79 power punches, overwhelming the usually durable Matthysse, who landed just 36 power punches.
In his 69 professional bouts, Manny Pacquiao has 60 career wins, with 39 of them coming via KO.
In his 34 previous bouts, Manny Pacquiao had famed trainer Freddie Roach in his corner. His fight against Matthysse was the first without. Taking Roach’s place was Manny’s close friend Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri.
Manny is now an eleven-time world champion. This is first run as the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion.
It took Manny Pacquiao nine years to finally score a KO win again. His last KO: Miguel Cotto back in 2009.
Lucas Matthysse got knocked down a total of three times, the first in the third round, the second coming in the fifth round where he had to take a knee after getting hit with a glancing hook, and the last and fight-ending one in the seventh round after another well-timed uppercut.
This is just Lucas Matthysse’s second loss via knockout in his five losses. His last KO loss via was against Viktor Postol back in 2015