By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring after a year away from the ring on Saturday night. Following a controversial loss in his previous bout before Saturday’s night, Pacquiao decided to make a trainer change.
On Saturday night, he dispatched Lucas Martin Matthysse in the seventh round in Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the win, Pacquiao is the new World Boxing Association World Welterweight Champion.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, 79% of Pacquiao’s punches landed on Matthysse’s head. Forty-three of the 75 shots to Matthysse’s head were landed by his left-hand, including the final uppercut that ended the bout in the seventh-round.
This was Pacquiao’s first knockout since 2009. Pac Man has three knockouts in his last four bouts, while for the first-time in his career, Matthysse was knocked down twice in a fight.
The win is also his 60th career win, as he improved to 60-7-2 in his boxing career. In addition, with the knockout win over Matthysse, it is his 39th career knockout win.
The 39-year-old southpaw, who resides in the Philippines, took some time off after his controversial loss to Jeff Horn last July. Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision over Horn in Australia for the World Boxing Organisation’s World Welterweight Championship.
This is Pacquiao’s first win since he defeated Jesse Vargas on November 5th, 2016 when he won by unanimous decision at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Matthysse fell to 39-5-0 in his boxing career. The 35-year-old Argentina boxer suffered his second knockout loss in his career.
Besides being knocked out by the Pac Man, he was also knocked out by Viktor Postol at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on October 3rd, 2015. Postol won the vacant World Boxing Council’s World Super Lightweight Championship with the win.
The loss to Pacquiao snapped a two-fight win streak for Matthysse. He defeated Emmanuel Taylor in May 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, before dispatching Tewa Kiram via knock out in January 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Both wins were by knockouts.
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