Manny Pacquiao TKOs Lucas Matthysse to capture WBA title
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 15, 2018 12:10 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. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Manny Pacquiao is a champion again!
The eight division world champion captured his eleventh world championship after stopping Argentinian Lucas Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round to capture the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion in the main event of Fight of Champions, Sunday morning at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Looking like the Pacquiao of old, Manny dominated Matthysse, outstriking the Argentinian brawler and scoring a couple of knockdowns in the process.
Pacquiao came out aggressive in to start the bout, firing off combinations and looking to overhwelm Matthysse early.
The first knockdown came in round three, with Manny landing a well-timed left uppercut that put Matthysse on his behind.
Things didn't get any better for the Argentinian champion as the fight progressed as Pacquiao continued to push the pace and outwork Matthysse.
Late in the fifth round, Pacquiao landed a glancing hook that forced Matthysse to take a knee as as the round ended.
In the seventh round, Pacquiao unloaded a vicious left uppercut to put Mattyhsse out for good as referee Kenny Bayless stepped in and stopped the bout at the 2:43 mark.
"I was surprised because Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down,” Pacquiao said. "So that’s a bonus from being focused and patient in the fight and working hard in training camp. We [my team] did a good job in training. We controlled ourselves during training. It was a heavy training. Thanks to all my team for working hard for this fight."
As for who he wants to face next, Manny didn't name any names, but said that there are plans to return to the ring later this year.
“That’s another story and another discussion. Right now I’m happy to go back to my country in the Philippines and to celebrate my victory and of course with my fellow countrymen, doing my job as a public servant. We’re planning for that [returning this year]. But we haven’t decided yet. Right now my focus is to go back to my country and relax.”
Gracious in defeat, Matthysse had nothign but praise for his Filipino challenger.
“He’s a great fighter. He’s a great champion. You win some, and you lose some. Today was my turn to lose, but I lost to a great fighter and a great legend in Manny Pacquiao. First I would like to rest and go back home. The hard work has been done. The fight has taken place. I lost, but I walk away with my head raised. I’m sorry to Argentina, but I’m fine. Thank you for all the love and support, and we’ll be seeing all my family and friends soon.”
At 39 years old, Manny Pacquiao picks up his 60th career victory in 69 proffesional bouts and is once again a world champion, with his first run with the WBA belt.