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After a one year absence from the ring following a dubious and controversial decision loss to Australia’s Jeff Horn, the legendary Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) returned to the squared circle with a vengeance Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he dominated former world champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) on route to a seventh round stoppage.
It was Pacquiao’s first stoppage win since 2009 and it earned him the WBA welterweight title.
Pacquiao looked quick of hand and foot from the outset and dominated every round as a rusty Matthysse looked reluctant to engage much. The Filipino’s speed (despite not being what it once was) was still faster than most and Matthysse struggled to mount much offense.
A quick uppercut felled the Argentinian in Round 3. A right hook caused Matthysse to take a knee in Round 5, and another bomb of an uppercut put him down for good in Round 7.
Vintage performance from Pac-Man 🥊 pic.twitter.com/5dXBSlQ2h4
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2018
Pacquiao said post-fight he plans to continue fighting and will surely find a big paying high profile fight of his choosing whenever he decides to step back into the ring.
At 39 he doesn’t look as dangerous as he once did, but he is still a formidable package in the upper echelon of the welterweight division.
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