Asia & Oceania

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

The Hauser Report: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

By: Thomas Hauser Jul 15 2018

The more time goes by, the less Manny Pacquiao feels like a feel-good story. On July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, “Pacman” knocked out Lucas Matthysse to claim one more in a long line of sanctioning body belts. But the narrative has changed. Ten years ago, Pacquiao was on the verge of launching a three-fight knockout streak against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto that would establis...

I Hope My Hunch is Wrong, but Don’t Be Surprised to see Mayweather-PacMan II

I Hope My Hunch is Wrong, but Don’t Be Surprised to see Mayweather-PacMan II

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 15 2018

Boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao won a big fight this past weekend, stopping Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round. In the process, he ended his nine year and 13-fight drought of not winning inside the distance. Manny was intent on showing the boxing world that he's not yet, five months shy of his 40th birthday, a second tier fighter and the setback to Jeff Horn in his prior bout...

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

Fast Results from Kuala Lumpur: Vintage Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 14 2018

It was late Sunday morning in Kuala Lumpur when Lucas Martin Matthysse stepped into the ring against Manny Pacquiao to defend his WBA welterweight title. The 39-year-old Pacquiao, who can be called a living legend without exaggeration, is not the Pacquiao of old, but tonight he turned back Father Time and made his opponent look older than his years. The presumption was that the 35-year Matthyss...

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

The Avila Perspective, Chapter 5: All Roads Lead to L.A. or La.

By: David A. Avila Jul 12 2018

All roads lead to L.A. in the world of boxing. Whether it’s Los Angeles or Louisiana prizefighting is headed toward a busy weekend in the city of Angels or the Big Easy. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse both have L.A. ties and will meet for the WBA welterweight world title on Saturday. New Orleans native Regis Prograis fights Juan Jose Velasco in a super lightweight title match on the same ...

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

Pacquiao Is Capable of Winning or Losing Spectacularly against Matthysse

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 09 2018

This weekend boxing's only eight division titlist Manny Pacquiao 59-7-2 (38) will fight WBA title holder Lucas Matthysse 39-4 (36) for the chance to be slaughtered by WBO title holder Terence Crawford later this year. The bout takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are easy to root for because they always give a good effort and their styles make for ...

Three Punch Combo: Reviewing Top Rank’s Deal with ESPN and More

Three Punch Combo: Reviewing Top Rank’s Deal with ESPN and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jul 08 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO – On July 2, 2017, Jeff Horn upset Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight belt in an event televised by ESPN. Though all the particulars of a formal arrangement between ESPN and Top Rank were not all officially hammered out at that time, the fight between Horn and Pacquiao essentially represented the beginning of a landmark deal between Top Rank and the cable television gia...

Luis Rodriguez was one of the Greatest of the Greats

Luis Rodriguez was one of the Greatest of the Greats

By: Frank Lotierzo Jul 06 2018

Comparing fighters from different eras ignites one of the most intensely contested debates among boxing fans and observers. Sooner or later, the discussion evolves into who would've beaten whom? Aside from heavyweights, who are much bigger now than they were 50 years ago, not much has changed from light heavyweights on down, other than starting in the 1980s when the elite fighters and title-holder...

Will Waseem Become The First Boxer From Pakistan to Win a World Title?

Will Waseem Become The First Boxer From Pakistan to Win a World Title?

By: Arne K. Lang Jul 06 2018

The Mayweather Boxing Gym, the largest gym in Las Vegas dedicated entirely to boxing, was a teeming cauldron this past Tuesday afternoon. Seemingly every boxer that uses the facility was on the premises, cognizant that they would be shut out the next day when the place would be closed for the Fourth of July. This reporter stopped by in hopes of landing an interview with Muhammad Waseem and wasn...

Three Punch Combo: Saturday’s Intriguing ESPN Card and More

Three Punch Combo: Saturday’s Intriguing ESPN Card and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 26 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO -- ESPN returns this Saturday with a card from Oklahoma City that is somewhat flying under the radar but does offer plenty of intrigue. The headline fight is a 168-pound title fight that could be a shoot-out between champion Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KO’s) and undefeated Columbian challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KO’s). In the co-feature, 140- pound prospect Alex Sa...

3 Punch Combo: Looking Ahead to the IBHOF Class of 2019 and More

3 Punch Combo: Looking Ahead to the IBHOF Class of 2019 and More

By: Matt Andrzejewski Jun 18 2018

THREE PUNCH COMBO: The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY recently hosted its annual induction ceremony. Each year, three boxers are inducted in the modern category which comprises boxers who had their last bout no earlier than 1989 and have been retired for at least five years. The three inducted in 2018 in this category were Erik Morales, Ronald “Winky” Wright and Vitali Klit...