Manny Pacquiao takes WBA Welterweight title
This morning Manny Pacquiao stepped inside the square circle for the first time since last July, when he suffered a defeat against Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Battling out at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the famed Filipino boxer went up against Argentine Lucas Matthysse. The latter was a defending WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion.
The scheduled for twelve rounds bout ended prior the final bell. Pacquiao earned the win by TKO in the seventh round with left uppercut. It was the third time in a fight when he knocked Matthysse down.
The referee waved the fight off at 2 minutes and 43 seconds. As a result Manny Pacquiao became a new World Boxing Association Welterweight champion. It was his first stoppage win since 2009.
In addition, “Pacman” updated his record to 60-7-2, 39 KOs. Matthysse dropped to 39-5-0, 36 KOs and 1 NC.
Also on the card Jhack Tepora (22-0-0, 17 KOs) captured WBA interim featherweight title. Unbeaten Filipino defeated Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-2-1, 12 KOs) by TKO in the ninth round, consequently taking the belt.
A TKO victory in his return to the ring.
Manny Pacquiao knocked Lucas Matthysse down 3 times Saturday on his way to a welterweight world title. pic.twitter.com/C1unZxzRW2
— ESPN (@espn) July 15, 2018