Manny Pacquiao threw 26 fewer punches per round and landed 10.5 fewer in his last 6 fights, compared to his previous 10 fights. The biggest dropoff was in the power punch department, as Pacquiao threw 16.5 fewer power shots and landed 9.6 fewer. His last five opponents landed around the same as his previous 10 opponents. (All 16 fights fought at 140 lbs or higher.).
Pacquiao will challenge Lucas "LaMaquina”Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In addition, in the world championship co-feature, Filipino power puncher Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16KOs) will face Edivaldo "Indio" Ortega (26-1-1, 12KOs) for the vacant WBA featherweight title.Pacquiao and Matthysse are expected to enter the ring at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET.ESPN+ is available to all fans on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.
Pacquiao-Matthysse will cap a full day of boxing on the ESPN family of networks, as Regis “Rougarou” Prograis will defend the WBC Diamond super lightweight title against Juan Jose Velasco, and lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez will face William Silva, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET