Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring and face Lucas Matthysse on Sunday, July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Betting odds have Manny Pacquiao as the (-200) favorite with Lucas Matthysse (+162) underdog.
Manny Pacquiao will be making his first appearance since suffering a controversial decision loss to Jeff Horn. Pacquiao's team have decided against a rematch and opted for a fight with dangerous KO artist Lucas Matthysse.
Matthysse has won two straight fights since losing to Viktor Postal in a fight that saw him damage his eye and had him questioning retirement from the sport.
Many boxing fans might question why the odds are so close because, in his prime, Manny Pacquiao would be a considerable favorite over Lucas Matthysse. Normally, you would think the speed of Pacquiao would be too much for a fighter like Matthysse, though it seems the oddsmakers believe that time has caught up with the Filipino legend.
Pacquiao was expected to beat Jeff Horn easily, and while many thought he deserved the win, he certainly didn't dominate Horn in the manner we have become accustomed to seeing from Pacquiao. While some make the argument that Horn was the recipient of favorable judging being the Austrailian fighting in his own backyard, that probably won't be the case with Pacquiao fighting so close to home this time around.
Matthysse knows as much, as he has stated: "I’m not thinking about the scorecards – I’m thinking about knocking (Pacquiao) out,”. Pacquiao has been knocked out only once before in his career, a memorable KO at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez that left him face down on the canvas.
Another storyline to consider is the fact that Pacquiao may be parting ways with his longtime trainer Freddie Roach and might be going with longtime camp members Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri.
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