Manny Pacquiao targets eleventh world championship reign
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 01:26 AM
MANNY OR MATTHYSSE? Who you got? (Photo courtesy of Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions)
Eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring for the 69th time in his career Sunday morning, as he tries to capture his eleventh world championship when he challenges reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina at Fight of Champions.
Pacquiao, 39, is coming off a controversial loss to Jeff Horn in Australia, but is looking to bounce back by capturing a world championship that he's never held.
While already in the twilight of his career, Pacquiao is looking to prove that he's one of the biggest names in the game today, and a return to world champion status will only help that cause.
Standing in front of him however, is a champion hungry to prove his worth in Argentina's "La Maquina" Matthysse.
At 35 years of age, Matthysse isn't much younger than Pacquiao, but still has a lot to prove.
Enjoying his first run as an undisputed world champion, Matthysse looks to make a statement against a future hall of famer in Pacquiao.
This will be his first defense of his WBA strap, and a win against Pacquiao will definitely make Matthysse a household name.
This showdown is a classic matchup of styles, as Pacquiao relies on his speed, movement, and combinations, while Matthysse is known as an aggressive brawler with knockout power in both hands.
Can Pacquiao become a world champion once again, or will Matthysse make a name for himself at the expense of the Pinoy boxing star?
Also on the card, Filipino Jhack Tepora attempts to become the new interim WBA featherweight world champion when he takes on Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega.
The IBF Flyweight World Championship up for grabs, as Moruti Mthalane of South Africa meets Muhammad Waseem of South Korea.
Also, Venezuelan Carlos Canizales puts his WBA Featherweight World title on the line agains China's Bin Lu.
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.
You can catch the whole card LIVE on SkyCable Pay-Per-View. CLICK HERE for more information!