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Pacquiao-Matthysse Reportedly Postponed From June 24 to July 8

By Keith Idec

The Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse fight hasn’t been officially announced, but it already has been postponed.

Their 12-round fight for Matthysse’s WBA welterweight title has been pushed back from June 24 to July 8, according to a report posted to the Manila Bulletin’s website Sunday. The story stated that the press conference to officially announce the Pacquiao-Matthysse match has been postponed from April 4 to April 11.

Oscar De La Hoya, whose company promotes Matthysse, is expected to attend that press conference. The 12-round, 147-pound title bout between the Philippines’ Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) and Argentina’s Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs, 1 NC) reportedly will take place in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

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According to the Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao cited Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, as a reason for moving away from June 24.

More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s population is Muslim. It was not made clear in the story, however, why Ramadan, which will begin May 16 and end June 14, would impact a fight that had been scheduled to take place 10 days after Ramadan will end.

Pacquiao disclosed earlier this month that he would fight Matthysse in the main event of a card the Filipino icon claims will be backed financially by a group of investors from Malaysia. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, previously offered Pacquiao a non-title welterweight fight against Mike Alvarado on April 14 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao reportedly was insulted by an offer to fight on the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn undercard and turned down the Alvarado fight. That card later was postponed until June 9 and now will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao hasn’t fought since suffering a controversial, 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Xi_ on 03-28-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;18606264]He thought Roid Mayweather was fighting actually[/QUOTE] I guarantee you there will be zero random drug testing for this bum fight just like there was zero random drug test for Poochiao's last bum fight.

Comment by bambam182 on 03-28-2018

[QUOTE=Curtis2;18608776]Matthysse is done, Pac needs someone to beat up on for 12 rounds to say he's back, someone always trying to fool someone in this game![/QUOTE] what says lucas is done like pac losing to a school teacher?

Comment by Curtis2 on 03-26-2018

Matthysse is done, Pac needs someone to beat up on for 12 rounds to say he's back, someone always trying to fool someone in this game!

Comment by Bwall004 on 03-26-2018

I’m team Pacquiao, but I’m not touching this stove again. If Arum says Pacquiao is still with Top Rank, I believe him. Remember, he’s a lawyer too.

Comment by Ajvar on 03-26-2018

[QUOTE=Bluebird;18606171]Canelo who’s tested positive not once but twice?[/QUOTE] ONCE. Second time was just few days later and diagnosed remnants of first time.

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