Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse: Betting Preview
The boxing world is perhaps not as glamorous as it once was, maybe because some of the bigger names who dominated the ring over the last decade are now aging out. There is always something fun about seeing those big-name fighters get back in the ring for another go, and it certainly helps when there is a title on the line. It seems that controversy is an integral part of every big fight night these days, and this one is certainly no different. In the lead up to this fight, there were serious rumors that the money to host the fight and pay the boxers simply wasn’t there, putting the entire spectacle in jeopardy. That all seems to have been ironed out now, with nothing left to do but actually get these two in the ring to fight for the WBA World Welterweight Title. The biggest question heading into this one is whether Pacquiao is in this one for the title or if he is just looking for another big payday. We won’t know the answer to that one until the bell rings on Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur. Join us to review all fight information, betting preview; as well to find out where that boxing betting value lies.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) July 6, 2018
🏟️: Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
⏰: Saturday, July 14 at 9:00 PM ET
🎰: Manny Pacquiao -200
The main card also includes Jhack Tepora vs. Edivaldo Ortega in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title and the Carlos Canizales’ WBA “regular” junior flyweight title defense against Bin Lu.
The undercard includes:
- Juan Miguel Elorde vs. Ratchanon Sawangsoda, 6 rounds, junior lightweight
- Theena Thayalan vs. Siddharth Varma, 6 rounds, welterweights
- Moruti Mthalane vs. Muhammad Waseem, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF flyweight title
Why bet on Manny Pacquiao
I shouldn’t really need to talk too much about the legacy that Pacquiao has created in his career, as it has been one filled with stunning performances and title belts. What is a little concerning is the motivation that he has for taking this fight? Manny certainly has nothing left to prove to boxing fans, as his 59-7-2 record tells you all that you need to know about what he has accomplished in his career.
If we are to take a positive stance here, perhaps Pacquiao is coming into this one looking to right the perceived wrongs from his last fight, a loss to Jeff Horn a year ago. Anyone who saw that fight clearly had Manny coming out on top, yet the judges seemed to see it another way. If we take the negative side, then this may just be all about the money. Manny has won 5 of his last 7 bouts, and that could have been 6 with the Horn decision, so he still has something to give, or so it would appear.
Why bet on Lucas Matthysse
Matthysse is certainly no spring chicken, as he will be 35 years old when this fight goes off, but he is still in great form. He has won 5 of his last 6 bouts, taking his career record to a very impressive 39-4. This is a fighter who flashes an awful lot of power, winning 36 of his fights by KO.
If there is one concern here, it is that Matthysse likes to fight regularly, with this one being his 3rd fight in just over a year. At his age, those rounds can start to add up quickly, although he does get a lot of his bouts over and done with quite quickly. This will be the first defense of the WBA Welterweight Title for Matthysse, and he certainly didn’t choose a pushover.
Expert Pick and Fight Prediction
If Manny Pacquioa is in this fight for all the right reasons, then we could be in for a very good fight on Saturday night. Matthysse is a good champion, but I think he loses the belt to a superior fighter in this one.