Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to challenge WBA welterweight titleholder Lucas Matthysse.
In a statement on his Twitter account, Pacquiao on Tuesday (April 3, 2018) announced his match with Matthysse.
It’s on! Can’t wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia - July 14 US time #Pacmanisback— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 3, 2018
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Matthysse, also made the fight official on his Twitter account.
Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion @MatthysseLucas will put his title on the line against @mannypacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia on Saturday night July 14 (US time).— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) April 2, 2018
Here are the details for Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title.
- Division: Welterweight
- Title: WBA World Welterweight (12 Rounds)
- Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018 (July 14 US Time)
- Time: 10:00 am (Philippine Time)
- Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- TV and Cable Info: ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5/ESPN5, Cignal and Sky Cable
- Live Radio: GMA's dzBB
- Live Stream: TV5, ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD
In his last fight, Pacquiao, the boxing's only eight-division world champion, lost to Jeff Horn via an unanimous decision in July 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.
Argentinian champion Matthysse, meanwhile, claimed a vacant secondary welterweight title on January 27 with an eighth-round stoppage of Tewa Kiram of Thailand.
Tale of the Tape
Results and Highlights
Manny Pacquiao defeated Lucas Matthysse via seventh round TKO.
Check out some highlights of the match.
Vintage performance from Pac-Man 🥊 pic.twitter.com/5dXBSlQ2h4— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2018