Superstar boxer and sporting legend, Manny Pacquiao will return to the boxing ring in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday 14th July. The Philippine will fight for the WBA Welterweight Title against Lucas Matthysse from Trelew, Argentina.
This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in a year, having last taken to the ring in July 2017. Matthysse has already had won a fight this year, which came in January but both boxers will be eager to return to the squared circle for this bout.
Read on for our Pacquiao vs Matthysse betting tips ahead of this exciting fight.
1. Winner Odds
Pacquiao comes into this fight on the back of a controversial defeat to Jeff Horn in Australia last year. Many onlookers felt Pacquiao was hard done by to lose the fight by unanimous decision and he will keen to return with a win.
At 39 years of age, Pacquiao is clearly not the force he was when defeating the likes of Ricky Hatton, Marco Barerra and Oscar De La Hoya. However, the former WBC World Lightweight Title holder has won five of his last seven fight and the Pacquiao vs Matthysse boxing odds at Bet365 have Pacquiao as the favourite, priced at 1.50.
However, Pacquiao has many other commitments, including a political career and there is a fear he is not 100% fully committed to his boxing.
This could present an opportunity for Matthysse, who defeated Tewa Kiram by Technical Knockout in January. This was his second win in a row but the Argentine has yet to prove his worth against the top fighters. Matthysse has lost four of this six fights against quality opposition, defeating only Lamont Peterson and Ruslan Provodnikov and that record does not bode well ahead of this bout.
Looking at the Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse odds at Bet365, Matthysse is the 2.62 outsider for this fight. Our Pacquiao vs Matthysse fight preview continues below with more great tips.
2. Pacquiao v Matthysse Prediction
At 35 years old, Matthysse is not a young fighter and both may struggle to go the distance. There is no doubting the punching power of the Argentine and Matthysse may look to go for the knockout as his best chance of victory.
When coming up against legendary boxers, it is often unexpected names who cause the damage and you can back Matthysse to win the fight by knockout as soon as the odds for this market will show up.
While Pacquiao may not be the fighter of old, he still possesses the type of movement which will trouble Matthysse. However, when assessing Pacquiao vs Matthysse betting tips, you must consider he has not recorded a knockout for close to nine years. This suggests winning by KO is off the table as far as Pacquiao is concerned and you can get 6.00 at Bet365 for the fight to go the distance.
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