There were many questions about Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career going into Saturday night’s fight against Lucas Matthysse. Would it be his last? What does he have left? Is he the Pacquiao of old?
The Filipino boxing legend is 39 and coming off a year layoff, as well as a controversial decision loss to the unknown Jeff Horn. However, he quieted critics with a dominating performance over Matthysse that ended with an uppercut that earned Pacman a TKO win.
For Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), it was his first knockout since November 2009, when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round of their fight for the a welterweight world title. Since then, it’s been 13 consecutive fights since he had won by knockout, and he went 9-4.
What’s next for the boxing legend? He didn’t want to talk about it after the fight. He said he would celebrate the victory instead.
There are few interesting options for him, though. One could be pound-for-pound king and lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs), which has already been discussed. Or, welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs).
Until then, you can watch Pacquiao’s knockout of Matthysse below.