Canizales, Mthalane triumph in Pacquiao-Matthysse undercard

Rex Christensen
July 15, 2018

Venezuela's Carlos Canizales retained his WBA light flyweight title while South Africa's Moruti Mthalane earned the vacant IBF flyweight belt after outlasting tough opponents in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Matthysse Fight of Champions Sunday at Axiata Arena here.

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao weighed today comfortably under the 147-pound (67 kg) limit for his bid to win back the welterweight world championship against WBA champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.

Pacquiao (60-7-2) looked like the Pac-Man of old with his unorthodox style of striking.

The heavily tattooed Argentine world champion Matthysse played up his one-inch height advantage by looking down on Pacquiao as the two came face-to-face for the last time before tomorrow's 12-round showdown in Kuala Lumpur.

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Pacquiao is almost 40 years old and feels this fight will be the deciding factor on whether or not he continues to fight again.

While Matthysse looked for one big punch with his right hand, Pacquiao methodically broke him down. Matthysse, suffered his fifth defeat in his prosessional career.

Speaking of American TV companies, if you're in the States tonight and you want to watch it you're only option is a Pacquiao vs Matthysse live stream.

Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to bring a conclusion to the exhibition in the seventh round after Pacquiao had dropped the big-hitting 35-year-old for a third time. A huge fight against a legend like Manny Pacquiao is his opportunity to get up and shock the world by being a ring legend and defending his WBA belt in the process.

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