Manny Pacquiao scored his first knockout since 2009 in the principle occasion of an exclusive-to-ESPN+ boxing card on Saturday, dropping Lucas Matthysse within the seventh spherical. In doing so, Pacquiao gained the WBA world welterweight title off of Matthysse at 39 years of age.
Pacquiao got here out aggressive and trying to push the tempo, and that’s what he did to begin. He caught Matthysse with a tough left uppercut that dropped him within the third spherical, however he didn’t swarm for the end, figuring out the hazard of Matthysse’s energy.
Two rounds later, Pacquiao earned his second knockdown when a brief proper hook landed sq. on the temple and Matthysse took a knee. One other two rounds later, and Pacquiao scored one other huge left uppercut that put Matthysse down for the third and last time, giving Pacquiao the KO.
Coming into the bout, Pacquiao had misplaced to Jeff Horn in his final struggle, shedding the WBO welterweight belt. That was a really controversial determination, whereas previous to that Pacquiao scored wins over Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley, simply after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Matthysse got here in off a pair of wins over Tewa Kiram and Emmanuel Taylor, with a loss to Viktor Postol previous to that.
The co-feature of the cardboard noticed Jhack Tepora and Edivaldo Oretga dealing with off for the interim WBA featherweight title. Tepora began off very sturdy, touchdown some heavy hooks on Ortega, who couldn’t deal with his stress within the first spherical. However issues took a flip from there, with Ortega getting extra aggressive and holding himself throughout the pocket. Tepora landed his greatest photographs from outdoors.
In Spherical 9, after a number of lackluster rounds for Tepora, he caught Ortega with a tough proper hand, and from there, realized he had the end, and went for it. He began lighting Ortega up in opposition to the ropes, and the referee stopped it, giving him a TKO victory and the belt.
Within the opening bout of the undercard, Carlos Canizales defended his WBA world mild flyweight title in opposition to Lu Bin, a 1-Zero fighter who was making an attempt to make historical past by changing into the primary boxer to win a serious world title in simply two profession fights. However the bout didn’t go as deliberate.
He landed some good photographs, and probably took a spherical or two, however the struggle was largely dominated by Canizales, who was on his strategy to a certain determination victory earlier than he scored his second knockdown of the struggle with simply 5 seconds remaining within the last spherical. The referee waved off the struggle as Bin had sufficient.
Beneath, you possibly can see the round-by-round analysis from the three fights on the ESPN+ card, in addition to a full checklist of outcomes from Saturday.
Manny Pacquiao def. Lucas Matthysse by way of KO (Spherical 7)
Spherical 1: Matthysse takes the middle of the ring. Pacquiao flicks the jab on the market, but it surely doesn’t land, nor does a lunging hook. One-two straight combo from Matthysse lands, however not very onerous. Matthysse is concentrated on his protection early on right here. He lands a left hand to the physique. Pacquiao fires off a tough left hand that’s blocked. Exhausting proper to the chest from Matthysse. A detailed spherical involves an finish!
Spherical 2: Overhand proper from Matthysse, however Pacquiao blocks it. Jab from Mattysse connects. Straight proper from Pacquiao lands onerous, and the follow-up from Matthysse simply grazes. Jab to the physique from Pacquiao. Exhausting, brief proper hand connects flush on the cheek as Matthysse is available in low. One other brief hook from Pacquiao. Proper uppercut from Matthysse lands, however Pacquiao walks by means of it. Pacquiao lands some good jabs because the spherical ends.
Spherical three: Pacquiao blocks a stiff proper straight from Matthysse. Pacquiao geese underneath an overhand, then comes ahead with a tough, onerous left uppercut that drops Matthysse right here within the third spherical! He’s again up and preventing, however backing up. This can be a harmful spot for Pacquiao, given Matthysse’s punching energy, particularly whereas cornered. Pacquiao slows it down however hits matthysse with a brief counter jab, and he continues to make use of the jab to get inside vary. Exhausting, brief left hook lands on Pacquiao’s cheek, however he eats it.
Spherical four: Pacquiao takes the middle of the ring immediately. Matthysse misses a winging physique shot. Left jab from Matthysse sneaks by means of the guard. Pacquiao with a robust jab-jab-hook combo, and Matthysse wants to maneuver his head some extra or he’s taking place sooner reasonably than later. Overhand proper from Matthysse clips Pacquiao, who responds with a tough straight left. About half a minute later, one other onerous straight left from Pacquiao. It was a great spherical for Matthysse coming off the knockdown, but it surely was nonetheless most likely Pacquiao’s spherical.Spherical 5: Lunging proper straight, adopted by two extra backs Matthysse in opposition to the ropes, the place he eats a left hand from nowhere by Pacquiao. Left hook from Matthysse lands. Pacquiao lands a great double-jab combo, then a hook to the physique. Straight left excessive from Matthysse catches Pacquiao off steadiness, however he responds with a robust physique shot. Exhausting counter proper from Pacquiao and Matthysse, who appears high-quality at first, takes a knee. It should have hit him a lot more durable than it appeared, although it got here on the heels of Matthysse placing collectively a pair first rate combos. It’s one other knockdown for Pacquiao! Upon replay, Pacquiao clearly hit him proper within the temple.
Spherical 6: Brief break to begin the spherical as Pacquiao is hit with a low blow. After they begin again up, it’s extra of the identical from Pacquiao: jab combos adopted by a brutal left uppercut that once more hurts Matthysse. Matthysse tries to place collectively a hook combo from outdoors and Pacquiao simply dances away, then lands a heavy physique combo. Good hook to the physique from Matthysse, who’s warned for the second time to cease main along with his head. Brief physique combo from Pacquiao. Exhausting uppercut from Pacquiao once more. Proper hook, then one other uppercut from Pacquiao. Matthysse simply has nothing for him proper now!
Spherical 7: Exhausting straight left from Pacquiao to begin. He slips two jabs from Matthysse, who appears gunshy along with his proper hand. Lightning-fast four-punch combo from Pacquiao, who’s backing up Matthysse. Oh it’s the left uppercut once more! And Matthysse is down! Pacquiao dropped him with the identical punch that he’s been touchdown all struggle!
Jhack Tepora def. Edivaldo Ortega by way of TKO (Spherical 9)
Spherical 1: Exhausting proper from Tepora to begin, however Ortega is okay. After they change for a few minute, Tepora connects with an enormous physique shot that backs up Ortega and has him on the ropes. Tepora lands one other one to the physique, but in addition eats a proper hook from Ortega, and a brief uppercut. Overhand left from Tepora lands. Ortega connects with a brief proper close to the top of the spherical.
Spherical 2: Ortega will get Tepora’s again in opposition to the ropes and he peppers him with physique photographs. Tepora is a bit slower right here within the second. He will get backed up and eats onerous physique photographs once more. The spherical ends with Tepora once more backed up. Simply Ortega’s spherical.
Spherical three: Proper jab from Tepora lands, and then a proper hook excessive. They tie up, and are separated. Exhausting counter physique shot from Tepora connects. They’re each working from outdoors now, and Ortega lands a tough hook to the face, however Tepora isn’t even shocked by it, at the least not visibly. Proper jab from Ortega lands, and then one other one which snaps Tepora’s head again. A really lively third spherical involves an finish.
Spherical four: Tepora is getting the jab in now and it’s touchdown, holding Ortega at a distance. He’s been shedding the shut exchanges, so it is smart. He must hold Ortega outdoors. Or perhaps not, as Tepora catches Ortega with a tough proper hand when he is available in. Exhausting spherical to attain, it might be even at two rounds apiece.
Spherical 5: Orega with a tough physique shot, however he misses the 2 follow-up hooks as Tepora circles away. Exhausting left overhad from Tepora lands, and Ortega backs up. Exhausting physique shot from Ortega as Tepora misses a heavy uppercut.
Spherical 6: Exhausting proper counter from Tepora lands, and they tie up. Overhand left from Tepora connects. Brief left uppercut from Tepora, and Ortega ties up. Not a lot for the remainder of the spherical. It’s most likely Tepora’s spherical.
Spherical 7: Ortega is coming ahead onerous within the spherical, whereas Tepora s holding himself backing up. Good left straight from Ortega close to the top of the spherical. Tepora didn’t do a lot within the spherical, and Ortega is probably going nonetheless up on the scorecards.
Spherical eight: Proper straight from Tepora lands, however he eats a a lot more durable proper hand from ORtega. Missed uppercut from Tepora. Triple jab combo from Tepora connects. Ortega is circling round him nicely, however he’s stopped throwing the massive physique photographs and Tepora’s simply head-hunting with wild winging hooks, a few of that are touchdown. Brief overhand proper lands from Tepora, as does one other jab combo. He eats two onerous physique photographs from Ortega. Ortega connects with two brief uppercuts.
Spherical 9: They get right into a wild change, and it’s onerous to inform if anyone landed regardless of 5 – 6 punches thrown. The motion is stopped to take care of tape on Tepora’s glove. They tie up, and Ortega connects with some brief uppercuts. Then he tries for extra of them, and eats a hook from Tepora that backs him up. Tepora follows it up with a proper uppercut that drops Ortega for the primary knockdown of the bout! Tepora is dashing after him now — he needs to complete it. Large hooks, and Ortega is turtling. The referee is available in to cease it, as Ortega was providing nothing in response.
Carlos Canizales def. Lu Bin by way of TKO
Spherical 1: Bin connects wtith a pleasant one-two, ending with an overhand proper that lands. He eats a pair of jabs, and then a tough, onerous left hook. They tie up, and separate. Bin eats ahard, onerous hook flush on the jaw when Bin costs straight in. Good first spherical, but it surely’s Canizales’.
Spherical 2: Canizales walks proper right into a straight left, however peppers Bin with a pair of physique photographs. Exhausting brief left from Bin lands flush, however Canizales shakes it off. Not a variety of motion on this spherical.
Spherical three: Two onerous punches to the physique from Canizales. Bin is doing a great job of defending his face, however he’s consuming a variety of physique photographs within the course of. Not an entire lot of motion within the spherical.
Spherical four: Each fighters are winging onerous hooks, but it surely’s Bin who’s consuming the more durable photographs. He takes two onerous physique photographs, and then a one-two hook combo to the face. Je eats a tough left hook. Uppercut from Canizales. Bin is staying on this, however he’s getting pepperd right here. He does join with a brief uppercut, and then a physique shot, however eats a tough proper straight.
Spherical 5: Exhausting proper hand from Canizales lands flush, and Bin is doing much more backing up. He began the struggle urgent the motion, however he’s eaten a variety of photographs, particularly to the physique. Exhausting left hook from Canizales barely misses. Extra of the identical right here.
Spherical 6: Extra bodywork from Canizales, and Bin is making an attempt more durable to circle away from them now. Canizales is working his stage modifications brilliantly, and Bin doesn’t actually land something within the sixth. Canizalez lands a pleasant left straight because the spherical ends.Spherical 7: Bin can’t put collectively something intensive, as Canizales cuts every little thing off with a large physique shot. Bin does come ahead with a stretching proper hand, and it lands onerous on the pinnacle of Canizales, however he shakes it off. It was his greatest shot of the struggle, and Canizales nonetheless probably gained that spherical.
Spherical eight: Bin comes ahead and places the stress on Canizales, working a number of combos, together with a tough proper to the physique and two hooks to the pinnacle, and Canizales is underneath stress for the primary time. When Bin lets up, Canizales throws the jab out and it lands flush. Two straights from Bin land, as does an uppercut from Canizales. Exhausting proper straight from Canizales are touchdown and Bin staggers.
Spherical 9: Bin comes out quick once more, however Canizales is prepared for it this time, and tees him up. Once more it’s the straight proper hand, proper down the center, and it staggered Bin. Canizales could possibly end this one. One other onerous proper lands. Massive jab from Canizales. Physique shot from Bin lands, but it surely appeared weak.
Spherical 10: Not loads happening to begin this spherical. Canizales is holding the stress on Bin, however he’s not throwing heavy, at the least within the first half of the spherical. He lands a tough straight proper to the nostril. He will get Bin in opposition to the ropes and retains him there with onerous straights and jabs.
Spherical 11: Bin lands a tough proper excessive, one he arrange with a brief punch to the physique. Canizales responds with one other onerous proper straight. Bin has a minimize close to his proper eye, and he will get dropped! A knockdown from Canizales. Bin tried to save lots of himself with the ropes, and the referee referred to as it as a knockdown, appropriately.
Spherical 12: Bin rushes Canizales, however he handles it, and lands ah ard physique shot. Exhausting proper from Canizales and it staggers Bin. Three straight jabs from Canizales. One other left jab, then a giant proper hand. Proper to the physique from Canizales. Massive proper hand knocks Bin down with 5 seconds remaining, and the referee stops the bout. So it’ll go down as a TKO victory.
Pacquiao vs. Matthysse struggle card
Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao def. Lucas Matthysse by way of KO (Spherical 7)
Featherweight: Jhack Tepora def. Edivaldo Ortega by way of TKO (Spherical 9)
Junior Flyweight: Carlos Canizales def. Lu Bin by way of TKO (Spherical 12)