Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse Fight Preview & Prediction To Win

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It’s been a long road for Manny Pacquiao as the legendary boxer is now approaching his 40th birthday, this coming December. He’s had many amazing fights over his career, including a Ricky Hatton knockout and clashes with other top boxers. Pacquiao has a career mark of 57-7-2 and is 6-4 in his last ten fights. While his losses to Marquez and Mayweather are legitimate – there are two that are debatable, at best. The losses to Tim Bradley and Jeff Horn are tough ones to swallow for Manny as he looks back at his career and legacy.

Pacquiao will take on another boxer who is far from his prime as well, in Lucas Mattyhse. He’s 35 years old and is coming off a defeat, by knockout by Vitkor Postol in 2015. At the time, that was a major upset, especially the fact that Postol won by KO. In his career, he is 39-4 with 36 knockouts. After the 2015 defeat, he has come back with two victories, with one being a TKO over Emmanuel Taylor and another a knockout over Tewa Kiram.

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Boxing Fight Betting Odds

The current odds at SportsBetting.ag have Manny Pacquiao as a -205 favorite against the underdog Matthysse at +175. Pacquiao initially opened at -190 at Pinnacle Sports, but has been pushed to -200 or worse at most shops, though -190 may still be available, depending on where you look. Matthysse is between +165 and +180 as the dog these odds are outrights, meaning that bettors must pick the winner of the fight, regardless of method. Either fighter can win by KO, TKO, or by decision. There will be a lot more betting opportunities and propositions, along with live betting as we get closer to the bout.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse Betting Odds

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse – Prediction

There is a good chance this one ends with a KO, especially when you consider Mattthysse’s 82% knockout rate. The Argentine boxer is definitely fearless and though he has lost to some prominent opponents – he’s also taken down his fair share of contenders. It’s my contention that both of these boxers are sort of “over-the-hill.” However, we are paying a premium price for Pacquiao in this spot at -200, while there is plenty of upside at +175 for Matthysse, who probably will fight in a way that Pacquiao will have to knock him out to win.

He doesn’t want this one going to the scorecard. He may give him a longer feeling out period than he has with other fighters but expect Matthysse to come early and aggressively with his power punches. I don’t think his experience in technique will be enough in this matchup with an aggressive and younger fighter.

Boxing Pick: Matthysse +175

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