Manny Pacquiao Returns In WBA World Title Fight Against Lucas Mathysse

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard Manny Pacquiao’s name tossed around in boxing circles. Last year he lost his World Title to Aussie Jeff Horn, in a fight maybe believed he had won, albeit unconvincingly. Still, to move and operate like he does in the ring, is no small feat for a 39 year old. Unfortunately the days where Manny held a puncher’s chance are well behind him.

After moving up so many weight classes, the onus will be on him to utilize footwork and win rounds. It so happens that his opponent is another formidable opponent on the wrong side 30, except in the case Lucas Mathysse, his adversary is a come-forward fighter, meaning he’ll throw power punches and take some too.

Never-the-less Pacquiao is still regarded as the favorite to win. His opponent Lucas Mathysse has held the WBA (Regular) Welterweight Title since January 2018, but is better known by American boxing audience for fighting on Mayweather vs Canelo undercard in 2013, a decision he lost to Danny Garcia out Philadelphia.

The full boxing card will air tonight at 9pm on ESPN+, a subscription service recently launched by Sports Media giant. With less on the line than in year’s past, I fully expect both fighters to come blazing out the gate. This is fight for pride more than anything else.

Manny Pacquiao Returns In WBA World Title Fight Against Lucas Mathysse

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard Manny Pacquiao’s name tossed around in boxing circles. Last year he lost his World Title to Aussie Jeff Horn, in a fight maybe believed he had won, albeit unconvincingly. Still, to move and operate like he does in the ring, is no small feat for a 39 year old. Unfortunately the days where Manny held a puncher’s chance are well behind him.

After moving up so many weight classes, the onus will be on him to utilize footwork and win rounds. It so happens that his opponent is another formidable opponent on the wrong side 30, except in the case Lucas Mathysse, his adversary is a come-forward fighter, meaning he’ll throw power punches and take some too.

Never-the-less Pacquiao is still regarded as the favorite to win. His opponent Lucas Mathysse has held the WBA (Regular) Welterweight Title since January 2018, but is better known by American boxing audience for fighting on Mayweather vs Canelo undercard in 2013, a decision he lost to Danny Garcia out Philadelphia.

The full boxing card will air tonight at 9pm on ESPN+, a subscription service recently launched by Sports Media giant. With less on the line than in year’s past, I fully expect both fighters to come blazing out the gate. This is fight for pride more than anything else.

Thon Maker Involved In Insane Basketball Brawl During FIBA Qualifying Match

Basketball is not supposed to be a full-contact sport, but a FIBA qualifying match between Austalia and the Philippines got brutal after one foul led to a massive brawl. Australia was leading 79-48 in the third quarter when a foul stopped play. Australia’s Daniel Kickert didn’t like the foul on his teammate, and elbowed a Philippines team member. It was the elbow that broke the camel’s back apparently, because both teams immediately broke out into a brawl. The benches from both teams emptied onto the floor and Milwaukee Bucs player Thon Maker was caught in the middle.

Maker, who was playing for Australia, can be seen in footage the fight launching himself in the air at members the other team. Andray Blatche, who used to play in the NBA for the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets and now plays for the Philippines, was also involved in the brawl. Both players were ejected along with 11 other players.

According to ESPN, Maker, Christopher Goulding, Daniel Kickert, and Nathan Sobey were ejected from Australia. Blatche, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright were the nine players ejected from the Philippines team. Check out a clip the brawl below.