Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao faces Lucas Matthysse for his WBA 'Regular' title this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Pacquiao v Matthysse
July 15,2018
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Veterans Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse battle to salvage careers in Malaysia

Over a year on from his shock defeat to Jeff Horn, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) returns to the ring to challenge Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) for his WBA ‘Regular’ welterweight title.

At 39 years of age this could well prove to be the final ring outing of the eight-division world champion’s illustrious career, which has spanned over two decades.

‘Pacman’ overcame both Timothy Bradley Jr and Jessie Vargas after his decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr back in 2015, a dull bout which failed to live up to the ‘Fight of the Century’ build-up and hype.

The former WBO title holder was then dethroned by Australian Horn in surprise fashion last year, losing his belt in a widely disputed decision in Brisbane.

Pacquiao was left a bloodied mess after that encounter Down Under, with many questioning whether the legendary fighter should carry on. Of course, he did, and next battles ‘the Machine’ in Malaysia.

‘Pacman’ prepares to meet ‘the Machine’ in potential final outing

At the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Matthysse is also hoping to salvage some success at the backend of his own career and he represents a genuine threat to Pacquiao.

The 35-year-old Argentine will climb the ring ropes at 13/8 with bet365 to hand ‘Pacman’ another high-profile defeat, one which could ultimately lead to retirement.

Pacquiao is also set to fight without esteemed trainer Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time since 2001, having split from his long-time mentor in light of that Horn setback.

The Filipino is still the odds-on 1/2 favourite with William Hill to prevail this weekend, though, with his long-standing friend Buboy Fernandez taking over corner duties.

But it’s unclear yet as to how much the scrap with Horn has taken out of the ageing Filipino, with his decline having been evident for some time now, while the absence of Roach could prove a decisive factor too.

Matthysse is a promising 3/1 with bet365 to capitalise on any advantages by stopping Pacquiao this weekend, as Father Time looms large over the legend reluctant to call it a day.

Of course, ‘La Machina’ would previously have been an opponent tailor made for the fleet-footed and lightning quick-handed ‘Pacman’, but at present he poses a threat. He is 5/1 to earn a points victory here.

The South American is a big puncher and has halted 36 of 39 previous foes, but he’s also very one-dimensional and three of his four career losses have come against southpaws (Devon Alexander, Zab Judah and Viktor Postol).

Many see Pacquiao’s career divided in two, before and after his blitzing of Miguel Cotto back in 2009. His clinical edge and desire to finish off opponents seemed to diminish in light of that 12th-round destruction in Las Vegas.

‘Pacman’ is nearing 40 and has not managed to secure a win inside the distance in nearly a decade, but he is 6/1 to end that run this weekend on his latest venture.

If Pacquiao still possesses the legs to go 12 rounds and can remain focused throughout he is likely to get the nod of the judges in what would be his 60th professional victory.

A decision success is available at odds-on 4/5, but the Filipino’s career could ultimately come to an abrupt halt at any point if he switches off for even a moment against the dangerous and hopeful Matthysse.

Lucas Matthysse is 3/1 to win by KO with bet365.

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