Camps for Manny Pacquiao, Lucas Matthysse in Discussion for Early 2016 Bout

By Mike Sloan Oct 22, 2015
According to several reports floating around online Wednesday afternoon, it seems as though talks are underway between the camps of former world title challenger Lucas Matthysse and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. The notion is that the two sluggers will meet at some point in early 2016.

Oscar de la Hoya, who promotes Matthysse, said that talks are underway between his Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, which promotes Pacquiao.

There were rumors circulating within the sport of a possible showdown between the entertaining Argentinean and Filipino, but Matthysse signed on to fight for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title on Oct. 3, where he was shockingly knocked out by Viktor Postol in the 10th round.

Pacquiao last fought in May, where he dropped a lackluster decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fight that was the highest-grossing boxing event in the history of the Sweet Science. Pacquiao claimed he had an injured shoulder going into the fight and reportedly had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff a week after the duel.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum stated a few weeks ago that he believes Pacquiao will fight once in early 2016 before finally retiring. No date or venue has been mentioned for the potential Pacquiao-Matthysse showdown. Efforts to contact officials from both Top Rank and Golden Boy were unreturned as of this writing.


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