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The reality is that the rest of the world has been hanging on to the old Pacquiao for far too long. The carriage of success that Pacquiao has managed to ride for the past decade is finally being recognized as the pumpkin it really is. At best, Pacquiao is a crafty veteran who can still beat solid opposition. At worst, Pacquiao is well past his prime and in no position to face the elite welterweights. He’s barely a name that can be used to propel the likes of Crawford into the spotlight because the illusion of the danger he poses has gone up in smoke.

Hopefully, there is just enough magic there to keep him from getting seriously hurt against Matthysse. He’s not quite in a place where a commission would consider not allowing him to fight, but it all comes crashing down when you least expect it.

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There may be solace in knowing that these past couple of years won’t be remembered when it comes to his legacy. Like most fighters, Pacquiao will fight beyond his expiration date but the memories created during his prime years will be what is etched in stone when it’s all said and done. But, for now, we’re witnessing the indifference to a legend who can’t – or won’t – call it a career.

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Nigel Collins, ESPN Staff Writer: "The world opened up to Pacquiao and he embraced it for all it's worth. Throughout the foremost portion of his career, he oozed raw aggression and a childlike joy of fighting. We loved him for it, and for quite a while it seemed like his reign of terror would last forever. But it didn't. It never does. The magic fades bit by bit until one day, poof, it's gone."

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Chris Williams, Boxing News 24: "If Matthysse brings the same A-game that he brought against Ruslan Provodnikov three years ago in 2015, then it’s going to be tough night for Pacquiao. That version of Matthysse will make tough on Pacquiao, who hasn’t faced a big puncher since his win over Miguel Cotto in 2009. Pacquiao has fought plenty of excellent fighters since that fight, but none of them have been the guys with the heavy hands that Matthysse possess." 

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Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports: "Despite his advancing years and clearly declining skills, he’s not yet at a point where a commission needs to consider not licensing him. He’s no longer a superstar, and would get destroyed by the truly elite welterweights, such as Terrence Crawford, Errol Spence, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, among others. But he’s a competent professional boxer and will beat a majority of the fighters in his division. He’s simply not beating the elite guys."

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Peter Wells, Boxing News and Views: "The Pacquiao of years ago would have looked a million dollars against an aggressive boxer/puncher like Lucas, forcing a stoppage late on. Even the Pacquiao that beat both Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas in 2016 would have been well fancied to dominate across the 12 round distance, but the Horn fight has cast doubt over whether Pacquiao has now succumbed to the undefeated juggernaut that is ‘father time’. The problem for Matthysse may be matching the speed that Pacquiao still possesses." 

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Greg Bishop, Sports Illustrated: "Pacquiao will add to that mark on Sunday in Malaysia, when he faces another past-his-prime power puncher in Lucas Matthysse. The fight could be exciting. Pacquiao might win. But all that misses the larger, more important point, which is that Pacquiao doesn’t need this fight and shouldn’t have taken it. There’s nothing more for him to win in boxing and so much more, exponentially more, that he could still lose. Like his long-term health, for starters." 

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Cliff Rold, Boxing Scene: " While Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009, he has scored knockdowns in several bouts; he still retains better than average pop. Matthysse has always been able to crack. This might be the sort of fight where aging warriors are forced to find what’s left of their legs and their chances to cash one more big check. For Pacquiao, it’s a chance to leave one more good memory for the public that has followed him all these years. If he wins, it probably won’t be the final memory. The final memory is almost always the one people wish they could forget."

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Matt Jones, Bleacher Report: "Pacquiao may not be as ferocious as he once was, but he can still throw punches in flurries and find angles that are tough for opponents to stop. In addition, the experience he has will help him get through difficult moments, which will surely come given the way in which Matthysse goes after his opponents. While the Argentinian may also be a little past his peak at 35, he's been more active than Pacquiao, fighting and beating Tewa Kiram in January this year to win the vacant WBA belt with an eighth-round stoppage. This fight will be a lot closer, but Matthysse has the tools to get the better of an ageing Pacman over 12 rounds. Prediction: Matthysse via unanimous."

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Noel Zarate, ESPN: " Matthysse will have to realize that Pacquiao is no longer the same fighter that he was when he was toiling in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He has evolved into a better specimen that will grind in the squaring circle no matter how long and arduous it may have to take to get the win. He (among other things) will have to find ways to make it "ugly." The Argentine's KO wins against Emmanuel Taylor and formerly unblemished Tewa Kiram could bolster his confidence against his older challenger."

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Boxing’s only eight-division champ is hoping to add another world championship when he challenges WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO). Truth be told, this would have been a much bigger fight five years ago. Still, when a future Hall of Famer competes for a title, there’s going to be a good amount of attention paid to the fight.

Pacquiao is the favorite according to oddsmakers. Per Oddsshark, odds in favor of the Filipino legend range from minus-190 to minus-230.

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Matthysse’s odds range from plus-155 to  plus-190.

Pacquiao’s age is obviously a factor. He’ll be 40 years old in December. Judging by his most recent outings–especially the controversial unanimous-decision loss to Jeff Horn in July 2017–Pacquiao is noticeably past his prime. Despite his age, sources say Pacquiao has looked fast and sharp in training camp and that he’s in fantastic shape.

Also, Matthysse isn’t exactly a 24-year-old champion in his professional prime. The Argentinian will be 36 in September and his title-winning performance over the previously undefeated, but untested Tewa Kiram in January wasn’t the most impressive of his career.

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Matthysse earned the stoppage victory, but it wasn’t enough to convince us that he has returned to the ranks of the elite. Matthysse is a smallish welterweight, so from a size standpoint, he and Pacquiao match up well.


Pacquiao’s speed and approach will likely be the key to this fight. Matthysse has had some issues with speedy fighters in the past. Pacquiao is likely to enjoy an edge in quickness, but he has to be willing to employ a style that gives him an opportunity to take advantage of that quality.

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Boxing’s only eight-division champ is hoping to add another world championship when he challenges WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO). Truth be told, this would have been a much bigger fight

Pacquiao’s age is obviously a factor. He’ll be 40 years old in December. Judging by his most recent outings–especially the controversial unanimous-decision loss to Jeff Horn in July 2017–Pacquiao is noticeably past his prime. Despite his age, sources say Pacquiao has looked fast and sharp in training camp and that he’s in fantastic shape.

Also, Matthysse isn’t exactly a 24-year-old champion in his professional prime. The Argentinian will be 36 in September and his title-winning performance over the previously undefeated, but untested Tewa Kiram in January wasn’t the most impressive of his career.

Resisting the urge to brawl is important for Pacquiao. Matthysse had exceptional power at 140 pounds and seems to have carried at least some of it with him to welterweight. He has scored stoppage wins in both of his fights at 147 pounds. If Pacquiao brawls with Matthysse, we may see one heck of a fight, but it might not end well for the former.

Is it impossible for Pacquiao to score the stoppage win? Of course not, but he’ll have to let it come organically. If he boxes smart, he should take a unanimous decision or score a late TKO win.

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Though most thought Pacquiao clearly defeated Horn when he went to his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, to face him last July, it was clear that Pacquiao's skills have eroded. He's still good, but he's no longer a force, nor is he as dynamic or as fast as he once was. Father Time remains undefeated.

"I didn't think he looked shopworn but he did have a bad night," Matthysse said of the Horn fight.

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