Next Saturday night from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Manny Pacquiao will return to action to take on Lucas Matthysse for Matthysse’s WBA “world” welterweight title, and finally, the fight is fully set, and has U.S. TV settled.
Pacquiao-Matthysse will headline a big night of action across ESPN networks, which starts with the Prograis-Velasco card, starting at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. Then Pacquiao-Matthysse will go live at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN+, the new streaming service from the network.
ESPN+ will also air the featherweight bout between Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KO) and Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KO) before the Pacquiao-Matthysse bout.
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO) hasn’t fought since July of last year, when he lost a controversial decision to Jeff Horn in Australia. Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO) moved up to welterweight last year with a TKO-5 victory over Emmanuel Taylor, and last fought on January 27, knocking Tewa Kiram out in the eighth round but struggling a bit in the bout, too.