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Manny Pacquiao KO’s Luccas Matthysse in 7th round to claim WBA welterweight title

By Dan Rafael/ESPN.com – Questions abounded about what Manny Pacquiao had left. After all, the Filipino legend, winner of world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions and one of the greatest fighters in history, is 39 now and has been a professional fighter for 23 years. He was also Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource: thepinoy thepinoyJul 16th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao confirms WBA title fight with Lucas Mathysse on July 15th

Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that eight-division world champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao will be challenging reigning WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Mathysse this coming July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion @MatthysseLucas will put his title on the line against @mannypacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia on Saturday night July 14 (US time). — Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) April 2, 2018 "Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Mathysse will put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday night, July 14 (US time)" De La Hoya's tweet read.   Mathysse is a Golden Boy promoted boxer.  Pacquiao also took to social media an hour later with his own reaction to the announcement.  It’s on! Can’t wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia - July 14 US time #Pacmanisback — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 3, 2018 "It's on. Can't wait to challenge Lucas Mathysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia," Pacquiao's tweet read.  Reports surfaced in early March that Pacquiao had already chosen to fight Mathysse, with his initial choices being between the Argentinian WBA champion and former two-division world champion Danny Garcia and the target date being June 24th.  Pacquiao is coming off a WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn in Australia back in July of 2017.  Mathysse is coming off an eighth-round KO win over Thailand's Tewa Kiram to claim the vacant WBA world title just this past January. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Quite the contrast: Senator Manny vs Adrien Broner

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is. It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner. "He's one of the top boxers out there," Pacquiao said of Broner, who attended the news conference in slightly different garb: torn jeans adorned with spangles, a T-shirt and black jacket. "Adrien Broner is a high-caliber fighter. "I have no problem to fight at 140 (pounds), it's my natural weight. I can't say I am avoiding (opponents), that is not my style. I am willing to find other fighters to fight, too, I am available to fight at 140, 147. It is 147 for this fight." Pacquiao will be 40 when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take on the 29-year-old Broner. It will be the Filipino's 70th fight in a career that began in 1995 and has included titles in weight classes from flyweight to welterweight. He hasn't fought in the United States in two years. Referred to by his followers as Senator Manny, Pacquiao won and then lost the WBO welterweight crown following his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather in a May 2015 megafight. In July, he knocked out Lucas Matthysse for the WBA title, Pacquiao's first KO victory since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the final round. His government role will be placed aside, Pacquiao claims, while he prepares for Broner. "My opponent is fast, good, and I have to work hard and train hard so the people will be happy on Jan. 19 when we give them a good fight," said Pacquiao, who flashed a mischievous smile when asked if another encounter with the currently retired Mayweather might be in the future. "I am fighting Adrien Broner," Pacquiao said, adding he was with Mayweather in Japan and mentioned that he, not Mayweather, owned a belt, so "you come challenge me." Broner views this as his chance to "become a legend." As he strutted around the stage, his words at first were respectful toward Pacquiao, whom Broner "dreamed of fighting when I was a kid." Soon, though, Broner was back to being Broner, the boastful, say-anything-character who likes talking trash as much as throwing leather. "He ain't fighting Floyd, he's fighting me," Broner said. "He's gotta get past me first. "Of course, things he's done in the game are unbelievable. I know Jan. 19 I gotta be at the top of my game. I'm gonna (mess) him up." Broner, from Cincinnati, is 33-3-1 with 24 knockouts. But he didn't win either of his most recent fights, losing a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia, who won his 36th straight, in July last year, and then drawing with Jessie Vargas. Which means recent results indicate neither he nor Pacquiao is in his prime or close to it. Still, they are big enough names for Showtime to put the fight on pay-per-view television. Both men were asked if they are elite boxers now. Neither flinched in answering. "Yes, of course," Pacquiao insisted. "I want to fight the greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner. I can fight anybody." Broner shook his head and smirked when queried on his skill level these days. "I'm gonna do me; he's gotta worry about what I do," Broner said. "I know what he can do. "I got three losses, he's got (seven). He's been knocked out; we know he can go to sleep. I got the stuff to do it. I'll hit the jackpot overnight.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao taking legal action against Top Rank Boxing

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is taking legal action against former long-time promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.  In an Instagram post Monday evening, Pacquiao, 39, congratulated Top Rank Boxing and ESPN for their recently-announced seven-year partnership.  The boxer-turned-statesman then proceeded to take a jab at Top Rank, citing non-payment for the US rights of his recent WBA world title bout against Argentinian Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse last July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.         View this post on Instagram                   Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement. I know both of you have been very busy finalizing the deal. However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you. A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Sep 10, 2018 at 5:57am PDT "Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement." the Instagram post read.  "However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you." it continued.  Pacquiao defeated Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur to capture the WBA title.  The event, dubbed as "Fight of Champions" was a joint promotion between Pacquiao's MP Promotions outfit and former in-ring rival Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who handled Matthysse.  It was also Pacquiao's first fight not under the Top Rank Boxing banner since signing with them more than a decade ago.  Top Rank was still involved with the Pacquiao-Mattyhsse bout however, as they, along with ESPN were responsible for broadcasting the bout in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The unpaid broadcast fees are reportedly worth around $1.7 million, with Pacquiao expected to 85 percent of the revenue for the US rights. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions

KUALA LUMPUR --- Manny Pacquiao made the Filipinos feel like champions once again. In a performance that he hoped brought honor and pride to the country, Pacquiao on Sunday cut down a hard-punching Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA welterweight championship via technical knockout in the 7th round. (More stories in Sports, Pages A2-1 to A2-3) It was his 12th world title in record eight weight divisions and something that proved that he still got gas on his tank as his phenomenal career considerably declined through the years. "I hope I brought a convincing victory and honor to the country," said Pacquiao, who decked Matthysse for a third time with a left uppercut that forced ref...Keep on reading: Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse share a moment after fight

Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse went to war, Sunday at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The two welterweight stars traded punches and tried to knock each other out for seven rounds, but in the end, it was the Filipino eight division world boxing champion that came out on top as Pacquiao stopped Matthysse in the seventh round to become the new WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion.  And while inside the ring, their mission was to take each other out, it was nothing but respect between the two warriors afterwards.  Pacquiao and Matthysse, in fact, shared a photo after their title encounter.  After a gruelling 7 rounds match... here’s a pic of these 2 warriors. @LucasMatthysse @mannypacquiao @GoldenBoyBoxing #welterweightwarriors #FightofChampions pic.twitter.com/t2MLLRqSlN — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 15, 2018 It was Manny's 60th win in 69 professional fights and his first knockout win since 2009.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Pacquiao pounds Matthysse, scores 7th round KO to win WBA welterweight title

A dominant Manny Pacquiao unseated Lucas Matthysse, becoming the new WBA welterweight champion, Sunday noon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Pacquiao won’t initiate, says Buboy Fernandez

Head trainer Buboy Fernandez has advised Manny Pacquiao not to initiate action against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse and instead, wait for the Argentinian to make the first move then counterpunch in their 12-round title out at the Axiata Arena here this morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Matthysse deemed more dangerous than Horn

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune considers WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse a more dangerous opponent for Manny Pacquiao than Jeff Horn because of his punching power but the downside is the Argentinian is too slow to catch the quicker Filipino who’s expected to use his speed in winning by a late submission or an easy decision in their 12-round title fight at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Still top draw

The planned January fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is being lined up for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and could air as a pay-per-view event, according to US-based sports network ESPN. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) will be defending his World Boxing Association world welterweight title, and making his return to the United States for the first time since his November 2016 win over Jessie Vargas. In his last two outings, the Filipino lawmaker fought in Australia and Malaysia, losing a controversial decision to Jeff Horn and thrashing Lucas Matthysse for his first stoppage win since 2009. Those fights aired on ESPN and ESPN+, and Pacquiao-Broner may be worth enough money to ...Keep on reading: Still top draw.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Manny to get 85% of Pacquiao-Matthysse broadcast earnings

    MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank has reportedly called up Manny Pacquiao to clear the air and patch things up. And it looks like everything has been settled amicably, with Top Rank likely to give Pacquiao his contracted share of 85% of the total broadcast earnings of Pacquiao's World Boxing Association welterweight title fight  against Argentine ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Boxing-Matthysse hangs up gloves after loss to Pacquiao

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine boxer Lucas Matthysse announced his retirement from the ring on Thursday, almost three weeks after losing his WBA welterweight title to Filipino great Manny Pacquiao. “Today I decided to hang up my gloves,” the 35-year-old Matthysse said on Instagram. “Another stage of my life is here… Proud to have remained at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Matthysse calls it quits

As it turns out, it is Lucas Matthysse who is retiring after his WBA welterweight title bout with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao last month. The Argentine, who claimed he would beat Pacquiao into retirement, announced in an Instagram post his decision to end his career at the age of 36. "I am proud that I maintained my career for 10 years at a world-class level, where I fought with the best in boxing and fulfilled my dream of being a world champion," he said in a post. The soft-spoken Matthysse also thanked the sport for "changing my life." He rode into the sunset with 39 wins, 36 by way of knockout, and five losses. His career was marked by spectacular KO wins---albei...Keep on reading: Matthysse calls it quits.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Team Lakay s Geje Eustaquio would love to see Manny Pacquiao in ONE Championship

During the lead up to ONE Championship: Reign of Kings in Manila, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong made a bold invitation to newly-crowned WBA (regular) welterweight world champion and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.  "Manny, congratulations, I'm amazed by your legendary career, let's join hands, let's give the Filipino fans what they want, let's do an all-Filipino heroes card, a mega, mega-card, blast that to the whole world, Manny Pacquiao, please, I invite you to compete in ONE Championship." Sityodtong said.  This is coming off the heels of ONE's announcement that they were able to lock up reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungivsai for their October 6 card in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Thai boxing star is set to defend his WBC strap in the main event of the scheduled ONE card at the Impact Arena.  Pacquiao, who's coming off a seven-round destruction of Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, could be rounding out his final days of fighting in Asia, and Sityodtong's dream would be to have Pacquiao defend his WBA championship on a ONE card lined with Filipino world champions and heroes, including former champion Eduard Folayang, and reigning champions Brandon Vera and Geje Eustaquio to name a few.  For reigning ONE Championship Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, fighting alongside Pacquiao would be an honor.  "When Renzo Gracie fought here in Manila, in front of us, it’s a dream come true." Eustaquio said during the post-fight press conference of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. "How much more if a Filipino legend will fight in front of us?" With Manny Pacquiao being a shareholder of ONE Championship, and with the promotion making steps toward boxing promotion with the Srisaket move, it's really not out of the realm of possiblity that a Pacquiao-headlined ONE card could happen in the future.  "This is ONE Championship, it’s where dreams come true." Eustaquio added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao looking at December fight

Newly-crowned WBA (Regular) Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao is looking at another fight before the end of 2018. Whether it be a rematch with Jeff Horn, or against other welterweight titans such as former sparring partner Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, or Vasyl Lomachenko, the only eight-division world champion is still unsure of who will he face next in the squared circle. He said in an interview at the ABS-CBN Main Building after his "It's Showtime" appearance that he is looking for another match by December 2. Sen. @mannypacquiao looking at a Dec. 2 fight date, no opponent yet. He also talks about his newly-diagnosed heart condition. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/sVB3hoQYZ1 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) July 24, 2018 Despite a diagnosed 'inborn heart problem' after complaining of breathing difficulties before his championship fight with then title-holder Lucas Matthysse, he assured the public that he just underwent a routine procedure and that there's nothing to be alarmed about his condition. "Nag-ECG kami, may nakita ang doktor. So kailangan magpatingin para sigurado na walang problema. Wala namang problema (kay Jinkee) dahil yung doktor naman pag-check up sa akin tinignan yung puso ko, wala namang problema. Healthy naman," the lawmaker said. The 39-year old was even able to insert a cheesy pick-up line for his wife, joking about the medical procedure. "Maganda rin yun noong tinignan yung puso ko, kung ano talaga nasa puso, si Jinkee talaga." He was also satisfied at his MP Promotions' handling of the fight, calling the event successful in promoting and staging the fight card, which saw four championship bouts, though just like any first-time experience, more needs to be polished. "Marami lang mga pagkukulang pero correctable naman sa susunod." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao is welcome to defend his WBA title under ONE Championship, says chairman

In the presence of some of the Philippines' best mixed martial artists, ONE Championship chairman and founder Chatri Sityodtong kicked off Tuesday's Reign of Kings press launch by congratulating arguably the most popular Filipino warrior, eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao.  Two weekends ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Pacquiao became an eleven-time world champion by stopping Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds to become the new WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion.  Aside from giving Pacquiao props, Sityodtong outright invited Pacquiao to fight under the ONE Championship banner, even suggesting that the Filipino boxing legend be the on the main event of a massive ONE card in the Philppines.  "Manny, congratulations, I'm amazed by your legendary career," Sityodtong said. "Let's join hands, let's give the Filipino fans what they want, let's do an all-Filipino heroes card, a mega, mega-card, blast that to the whole world, Manny Pacquiao, please, I invite you to compete in ONE Championship."  Boxing is just the latest step that ONE Championship has taken to becoming a complete, global martial arts promotion.  In 2017, ONE put on grappling superfights as well as exhibition bouts featuring regional martial arts such as Lethwei in Myanmar and Muay Thai in Thailand.  Earlier this year, ONE went all out with their inclusion of striking-based martial arts such as Muay Thai and Kickboxing with the launch of the ONE Super Series, which has already featured some big-name strikers such as world champion Giorgio Petrosyan and Lumpinee Stadium legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.  "What we want to do is showcase all the combat sports, all the flavors, and hopefully we'll get multi-division champions across the different platforms to really celebrate Asia's greatest cultural treasure, martial arts." For Sityodtong, getting Pacquiao, arguably the most influential Asian combat sports icon, to compete under the ONE banner would definitely be a monumental milestone. "Me inviting Manny Pacquiao, I'm dead serious. If he says yes, let's do it. I'd love for him to defend his belt here in the Philippines, and give the Filipino fans what they want, a mega-card." The card, Sityodtong added, would feature other Pinoy combat sports heroes such as reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang, and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio just to name a few.  Having Pacquiao defend his WBA strap on a ONE card isn't completely out of the realm of possibility, especially since the promotion announced earlier this month that they've managed to get Thai boxing star and reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaker Sor Rungvisai to defend his titles on ONE Championship's Bangkok card in October.  The 31-year old Rungvisai is considered by many as among the top-ten best pound-for-pound boxers in the game today.  With Pacquiao aiming for an in-ring return later this year, could ONE actually snag one of the biggest names in combat sports history?    Catch ONE Championship: Reign of Kings LIVE on Friday, July 27th, 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Senate commends Pacquiao s WBA welterweight title romp

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate adopted a resolution on Tuesday, July 24, congratulating Senator Manny Pacquiao for defeating former World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight Champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last July 15. Senate Resolution No. 788, authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, was adopted in consideration of similar senate resolutions that congratulated Pacquiao – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Pacquiao risked life in KL title fight

Upon his return to Buenos Aires, dethroned WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse started lashing out at critics who trashed the Argentine Machine for quitting his championship fight with Manny.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Malaysia raves over Pacquiao

Newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao captivated the Malaysian press and fans with his seventh round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse to wrest the 147-pound crown as a look-alike from Sabah attempted to share the spotlight by making himself accessible to media......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Calm corner, calm fighter

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune said the key to keeping a fighter calm during a bout is a calm corner and that’s exactly how it was when Manny Pacquiao stopped Lucas Matthysse at 2:43 of the seventh round to wrest the WBA welterweight crown at the Axiata Arena here Sunday morning......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Pacquiao fought Matthysse despite secret heart ailment

MANILA, Philippines – When Manny Pacquiao made light work of renowed knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last Sunday, July 15, the 8-division world champion looked like a champ again as he captured the WBA regular welterweight crown via a 7th round TKO . What many didn’t know, however, was that the fighting Senator had himself examined for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018