The last time Manny Pacquiao was in the ring, he came off a shocking defeat against Jeff Horn—a fight that almost everyone thought Pacman had won. While there were whispers of retirement, Pacquiao is back to go toe-to-toe with Lucas Matthysse, for the World Boxing Association world welterweight belt on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
Pacquiao is known to be one of the fastest punchers ever and has some of the slickest footwork you'll ever see. He utilizes his abilities to avoid dangerous situations, as well as to set his opponents up for his inevitable barrages. Matthysse, on the other hand, is a fighter who packs a wallop in his right hand, an aggressor who always looks to move forward against any opponent, hence his nickname "The Machine."
A lot of people around the world are bound to tune in to this match between a living legend and a dangerous champion, and almost inevitably, all of us will have something to say. Pros are no different, as they will tune in as fans to the match. Here are some predictions and thoughts from those who know the sweet science better than us mere spectators.
Others were a little more careful with their answers:
Only Bernard Hopkins has backed Matthysse, but he warns that the Argentine should still be wary of the dangerous Filipino.