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Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse reportedly set for June 24th in Malaysia

Matthysse currently holds the “regular” WBA welterweight title

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight appears to be all set. The Filipino legend’s MP Promotions has sent out a press release announcing that “Pac-Man” will face Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur on June 24th.

Mav Gonzalez of GMA News has more on the announcement here.

This is a damn sight better than Pacquiao-Alvarado. While Matthysse (39-4, 26 KO) is past his best, he’s still a truly monstrous puncher, and he won’t have to worry about being undersized against Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO). Matthysse also holds the regular version of Keith Thurman’s WBA title, meaning we’ll get twelve rounds without the need for conjuring a new belt out of the aether.

Matthysse’s last fight was absolutely a stinker, but Pacquiao is always happy to engage and “The Machine” will actually have a reach advantage this time. However the fight goes, it ought to be plenty entertaining.


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