For the 60th time, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39, won a professional boxing bout. Fighting out of General Santos, South Cotabato, Philippines, the Filipino boxing legend was crowned the new World Boxing Association Regular Welterweight Champion at the MP Productions boxing event “Fight of Champions” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15, 2018.
In the main event of “Fight of Champions,” Pacquiao challenged the then WBA Regular Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 35, of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina.
The bout between Pacquiao and Matthyssee ended at 2:43 of Round 7. Referee Kenny Bayless put a stop to the contest when the Filipino challenger knocked out the now dethroned champ from Argentina.
This is Pacquiao’s 12th championship belt and first WBA belt. He has been competing professional since 1995.
Matthysse was coming out of a victory over Tewa Kiram, 26, of Thailand. On January 27, 2018, the Argentine boxer knocked out his Thai opponent at 1:21 of Round 8 to win the WBA Regular Welterweight Championship at the Forum, Inglewood, California, United States.
On the other hand, Pacquiao was coming out of a loss to Jeff Horn, 30, of Brisbane, Australia at “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. Both judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan scored the bout 113-115 while Waleska Roldan gave it 111-117 all in favor of the Australian boxer.
Pacquiao’s 59th win took place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada, United States on November 15, 2016. He won the World Boxing Organization Welterweight title via unanimous decision against Jessie “La Nueva Generacion” Vargas, of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
By winning at “Fight of Champions,” Pacquiao improved his record to 60 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Matthysse’s record downgraded to 39 wins, 5 losses and 1 No Contest.
The Argentine boxer has been competing professionally since 2004. Pacquiao was his first ever Filipino opponent.
This is the second time Matthysse was knocked out in the ring. The first time was on October 3, 2015 when Viktor Postol won the then vacant World Boxing Council Light Welterweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California by knocking out Matthysse at 2:58 of Round 10.