Manny Pacquiao Knocks Lucas Matthysse Down, KO’s In The Seventh
Manny Pacquiao scored a seventh round KO victory over Lucas Matthysse, knocking him down three timestbeforetstopping him in the seventh round of their scheduled 12-round, 147-pound championship match at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The first ballot hall of Famer Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) hashnot won via KO for over 9 years and his last against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in the 12th round of their welterweight title fight in November 2009.
The 53-year-old Argentine Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs, 1 NC) was not able to contain the speed of the 39 year old Manny Pacquiao and didn’t seem to hurt him throughout the fight.
Pacquiao now becomes the WBA world welterweight champion, while often out Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) is the WBA’s “super” 147-pound champion, its true title-holder in that division.
He had lost his last fight and title via a controversial 12 round decision to Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs). A major upset which saw him lose his WBO welterweight title last July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.
While for Matthysse, he was trying to defend a WBA world welterweight championship he won by knocking out Thailand’s Tewa Kiram (38-1, 28 KOs) in the eighth round of his last fight, January 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.