Matthysse sends 'war' message to Pacquiao

Matthysse sends 'war' message to Pacquiao

Pacquiao and Matthysse are expected to enter the ring at roughly 11:30 p.m. ET.

Kuala Lumpur: The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight title holder, Lucas Matthysse has to spend the next few crucial days before fighting Filipino legend, Manny Pacquiao on July 15, to adapting to the time difference. “Matthysse is a great opponent.

The fight will be shown live on ESPN in the United States and on BoxNation in the UK.

Matthysse knows his hands will be full since he is up against a special breed of southpaw in Pacquiao, who is eager to bounce back from his controversial loss to Australian bruiser Jeff Horn more than a year ago in Brisbane.

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) won the vacant WBA welterweight title January 27 in Los Angeles with an eighth-round knockout over Thailands Tewa Kiram.

Andres Ferrari is ESPN.com's boxing and MMA editor. "As of last week and till the day of our departure, Manny was and will be ready to fight", the conditioning coach assured.

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“This matchup is a ideal example of the world-class caliber of events we envisioned for ESPN+ when we announced our agreement with Top Rank, ” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling. "Pacquiao versus Matthysse, which will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+, shows the commitment we have to delivering fans the best of boxing year-round on our direct-to-consumer platform".

The ESPN+ stream will also include undercard action.

Undefeated Jhack Tepora of the Philippines (21-0, 16 KOs) will face Edivaldo Ortega of Mexico (26-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant regular WBA featherweight title. Former flyweight titlist Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24 KOs), 35, of South Africa, and Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6 KOs), 30, will battle for the flyweight world title belt recently vacated by Donnie Nietes, who chose to move up in weight to seek a title in a fourth weight class.

With the fighters capable of either a one-punch knockout or a stoppage through a flurry of punches, Fernandez said one of them will eventually be caught napping in their duel for Matthysse's World Boxing Association welterweight crown and suffering the effect.

The Pacquiao-Matthyse fight will stream immediately after ESPN finishes its broadcast of the Regis Prograis-Juan Jose Velasco title fight in New Orleans.

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