Years later, "El Chino" -- yes, we are talking about former two-division world titleholder Marcos Maidana, the same guy who fought 24 rounds with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas -- and Lucas found themselves in a plane. He held the WBA welterweight title in 2018 and the WBC interim super lightweight title from 2012 to 2013. Pacquiao, qui fêtera ses 40 ans en décembre et qui affrontera Lucas Matthysse, n'a pas combattu depuis qu'il a perdu sa ceinture WBO des poids mi-moyens face à l'Australien Jeff Horn il y … [9] On February 2, after winning the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title against Tewa Kiram, Lucas Matthysse (39–4–0–1, 36 KO) stated he was interested in fighting Pacquiao next. "At 12 I left school and at 13 I started to fight exhibition bouts with Mario Narvaez (brother of former WBO flyweight and super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez). Walter was born on Aug. 29, 1978. I cannot forget how Lucas cried in a sign of hopelessness when I went to greet him. However, Pacquiao told the preparations were in the final stages and the funds would be released to Golden Boy in the coming days. [24] On July 2, Golden Boy and Matthysse confirmed receipt of funds and proposed to fly out to Malaysia the next day. That's when Walter decided to call it quits. Diaz is also an excellent motivator at the gym and in the corner. We were pushing hard." Casually, as they say. Encouraged by the rest of her kids, she decided to participate in a fight. "When I split with my wife, back in 1981, the kids stayed with her in Santa Fe, and I went south, to Trelew, in the province of Chubut... And it was in Santa Fe where my kids started to fight.". "That is why I don't have to do a lot of study on him, I know him very well. "And with that kiss, and then some, I realized that I was born to be at his side," Doris said. Both took their first steps in boxing in Vera, Santa Fe. His mother's father, Miguel Angel Steinbach, was also a boxer. According to Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao's media relations officer, Pacquiao felt it was insult to have him in a non-main event role and felt he was the obvious ticket seller for the card, also believing he beat Horn in their fight in 2017. "Honestly," Doris recalled recently at her whole family's request, as they set themselves to listen to a what they called a fairytale. Doris, who now works at the Secretary of Culture in Rawson, Chubut's capital, is Lucas' great companion even when they are apart. 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It wasn't the first time they've seen each other, though. He is a great boxer, that is no secret. Can Nevada fix its instant-replay problem? I was focused and patient in the fight, and I worked hard in training. Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse, billed as Fight of Champions, was a boxing match for the WBA (Regular) welterweight championship. Mario Matthysse was also a strong and tenacious fighter who, besides his defeats, was willing to step into the ring and face anyone. ^Note 3 For WBA (Regular) junior flyweight title Junin, the small city in which Luis Angel Firpo, "The Wild Bull of the Pampas" was born, is the main headquarters of Arano Box, the company headed by Mario Arano for about three decades. And his five losses were always decided before the bell as well. Milagros is 18 nowadays and she is one of the three daughters of Soledad and Mario Matthysse. Lucas, however, is a quiet and lonely person. THE STORY OF "EL CHINO" AND "LA MAQUINA" has a whole different chapter in our tale. "I was 15 years old back then," Lucas Matthysse recalls. The "little brother" followed his older sibling's footsteps. Walter had some tough battles at the end of his career: A devastating loss to Kermit Cintron on July 14, 2007 in Atlantic City followed by another defeat on Oct. 19 against Sebastian Lujan in Rosario. That small room is almost a sanctuary today.". They already knew each other. In Trelew, at the Chubut province, where the winds of the Patagonia are wild and raw, several hearts will beat a bit faster than those of the rest of Argentine boxing fans. I'm surprised because Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down. La saga familiar de "La Máquina", que el 15 de julio en Kuala Lumpur subirá al ring para enfrentar a Pacquiao en la pelea más importante de su vida. "I am better than my children on that," she says jokingly. And that is how Mario Edgardo "El Tordo" Matthysse and Doris Steinbach started as boyfriend and girlfriend, then as husband and wife and, a little later, as proud parents of four children. Maidana won three of them, and the other one ended in a draw. However, I used to train at that gym," Mario says from his native town of Trelew. ^Note 2 For interim WBA featherweight title In 2007 he had already 18 wins, 17 by KO and he was making a name by himself, instead of just being "Walter Matthysse's younger brother.". However, he used to live away from the family home because he was invited to join the Argentinian national team after he started fighting in Santa Fe. Pacquiao explained the reason the date had changed was because June 24 would have fallen 10 days after the Islamic month, Ramadan and more than 60% of Malaysia's population are Muslim. [25], Pacquiao scored his first knockout over 8 years by stopping Matthysse in round 7 to win the WBA (Regular) welterweight title. "I am now coaching recreational boxing at the Decatlon Gym in Trelew, as usual," El Tordo said. But the Matthysse family saga is long and wide-ranging. "It's that I couldn't even look him in the eyes. Walter was always an explosive person. That summer evening, Mario and Doris set eyes on each other at a club in Esperanza, in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe. 1 and a debut in the top 10 for Mikaela Mayer, Pound-for-pound: Terence Crawford still king; Gervonta Davis makes a move, Real or not: Smith to present a real challenge to Canelo, Crawford needs a megafight. "He's a friend of mine, we lived together in the same room. Milagros is the one carrying the family banner. One of those bouts was held in a closed arena, with no attendants. However, I would have loved to win it," Matthysse confessed. ^Note 4 For vacant IBF flyweight title, "World champion again! He fought, and lost, against Jorge Fernando "The Locomotive" Castro (the very same one who had a huge victory against John David Jackson) and Ramon Gaspar "Pipino" Abeldano, who defeated the great Horacio Saldano at Buenos Aires' Luna Park, among many others. It is a family in which boxing runs deep, of male and female boxers, of former and future champions. Mario was very popular in his hometown, especially since he had a reputation as a surly boxer who knew how to hold his own in a fight. Will Terence Crawford get Spence or Pacquiao next? Walter Dario, Edith Soledad and Lucas Martin. Jennifer is the only one of the siblings who is not a professional fighter. "Lucas loves his daughter," Soledad says. Despite calls from media and relatives, they never fought each other as pros and always kept (and still keep) a lot of mutual respect. I loved being there, next to them...". Therefore, he had to be based in Buenos Aires and he lived for a few years in there before he left amateur boxing.". She has already fought one bout, earning the crown at the provincial championship in the Evita Games in the 80-kg category. "It was a wild bout because they hit each other all the time," Soledad recalls while laughing. Due to the time difference, the fight was scheduled on morning local time so that the broadcast of the event would take place during the primetime hours (on July 14) in the United States. "It is one of the most important things that have ever happened to me. 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[2][3][4] Pacquiao won the fight by 7th-round TKO[5] and Matthysse announced his retirement shortly thereafter. Aside from their quiet and lonely ways and few words, they do not bear any resemblances on the ring. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had the bout 59–53 in favor of Pacquiao. Bob Arum wanted the card to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and have the card take place on ESPN PPV. But one thing is to punch a bag and another one to face an opponent in the flesh. It doesn't come as a surprise then, that with so much boxing running through his veins, Lucas would carry on the family's legacy? [16] Although the fight wasn't officially announced, the date was pushed back to July 8. Matthysse had no excuses, stating he lost to "a great fighter and a great champion." Her brother, Miguel Angel, was friends with Mario, also known as "El Tordo" ("The Thrush"). I helped in every aspect, despite the fact Mario Narvaez was the official coach and Joel Diaz worked as technical staffer. Physical trainer Federico Wittenkamp, boxer Marcelino "Nino" Lopez and Mario Arano as a promoter, are all part of Team Lucas. La pelea Lucas Matthysse vs Ruslan Provodnikov es el día Sábado 18 de Abril Cuantas veces te ha sucedido que deseas ver un evento en vivo por TV o por Fotos: Pesaje Lucas Matthysse vs Ruslan Provodnikov [18][19][20] On April 13, it was officially rumored that Pacquiao had parted ways with Roach. Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse el próximo sábado a las 10:00pm por @AztecaSiete #HayTiro", "Pacman v Matthysse might be the main course, but there's a terrific undercard appetiser featuring SA's Moruti Mthalane v Muhammad Waseem for the IBF flyweight championship. Maidana, with a smile, simply nodded in consent. "Hey, just to think that we used to make trips in a produce truck and now we are flying First Class, Marcos," Lucas allegedly said. Only two journalists witnessed the fight: Marcelo Gonzalez and this ESPN reporter. Mario had 58 fights with 38 wins (18 by knockout), 13 losses and 7 draws. The other two are Sasha (16) and Yanessis who is close to her 15th birthday. "[22][23] By July 1, there were still doubts around the fight taking place, notably from Bob Arum. THIS STORY begins in a neighborhood dance party in the 1970's. "El Tordo" wasn't lucky with timing, either. I liked to go out and have fun just like any other girl. WHEN LUCAS gets in front of Pacquiao, he will surely remember (with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez and his "One Hundred Years of Solitude") the moment in which his grandfather took him and introduced him to boxing. Lucas Martín Matthysse is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2018. However, it is a matter of 'all or nothing' for me, as usual; since I will try to finally insert myself into the history of Argentinian boxing.". And he had power. 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The decision of hosting a match with no paying attendants in seats was made in order to avoid any pressures, since the winner of the match would fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to compete in an Olympic qualifier. La saga familiar de "La Máquina", que el 15 de julio en Kuala Lumpur subirá al ring para enfrentar a Pacquiao en la pelea más importante de su vida. [13] In an interview Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television he would fight in Malaysia, where he has a group willing to put up the necessary funds, in May or June 2018. [18] Pacquiao would go into the fight without long-time trainer Freddie Roach and instead be trained by his life-long friend Buboy Fernandez, who had served as an assistant trainer in previous fights. "Actually, we have seen all Pacquiao fights together, as a family," Lucas said. "I didn't fight at Luna (Park). Action is live on SS5 from 2am Sunday, with a repeat on SS8 at 9am #SSBoxing",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 September 2020, at 14:00. Suportahan ang Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao vs Matthysse Live sa July 15, 3am UAE/2am KSA on OSN Sports HD Box Office. Edith is currently training to face Ahahí Salles, the current Argentine bantamweight champion in Senillosa, Neuquen. Ha! "Lucas was the one brother closest to mom, he's a 'momma's boy,' as we would say. I think he will go at me in full strength, as usual. He is my friend, and I know he won fair and square and that it was a close fight. The knockdowns occurred in rounds 3, 5 and 7. It is not rare that they would not say four sentences to each other since they are men of very few words. "Actually, he came to my place in Trelew and set up a small room for himself. [11] Arum was also open to fight taking place, but stated it wouldn't happen next as he was likely to match Pacquiao with Alvarado. One of the highlights of my life was when I went to Las Vegas, alongside my son Lucas. It would mark the first time in 34 fights, since 2001 that Roach would not be in Pacquiao's corner. El boxeador argentino, Lucas Matthysse de 35 años, que estuvo muchos años radicado en Junín, perdió la corona de campeón mundial welter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) en Malasia, al caer por nocaut en el 7° round contra el legendario boxeador filipino Manny Pacquiao en una pelea que lo tuvo siempre abajo en las tarjetas y lo vio conocer la lona dos veces antes de la derrota definitiva. LUCAS' STORY is recent and well-documented. Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exceeded all expectations, but is it repeatable? However, on April 15, Pacquiao revealed via social media that he had not decided on who would train him for the bout against Matthysse. Leer aquí. The birth of his daughter Priscilla On June 19, 2005, in Trelew, shook his life completely. So, it all remains in the family. When I was 14 years old, I weighed 105 pounds and I made my official debut as a boxer.". Matthysse took a knee in the 5th round and was decked by a left hook in the 7th, following a combination. Mario was the WBC Hispanic junior bantamweight champion. [14] It was said that Pacquiao's MP Promotions would promote the event with a confirmed date of June 24. Mario, alongside his brother Omar was, in some respects, the main force in Trelew in order to encourage Lucas to reclaim his love of boxing. Arum played down the talks and said the fight had not been finalized. It was noted that Top Rank would deal with the television distribution of the fight in the United States (US) with the fight taking place on ESPN+, at the time, ESPN's new monthly subscription streaming service. In fact, "La Itaka," as she is known, is a former junior featherweight champion who held the WBC and WBA crowns simultaneously. At least, he saw me. Back then, Lucas was making progress. There's a feminine side to this boxing story, as well. Lucas was adamantly against the idea of seeing the woman who gave him life stepping into a ring and exchanging punches. Those will be the hearts of the members of the Matthysse family. Referee Kenny Bayless began the count, stopping the fight at 2 minutes and 43 seconds after Matthysse spat out his mouthpiece. He fought his last bout in 2014 and finished his career with 15 wins (4 by KO), 17 losses and five draws. Lucas was born on Sept. 27, 1982. Under Arano's helm and with his sights set in Junin, Lucas started to grow up as a fighter while following Walter's steps closely thanks to the boxing matches broadcast on TV by Combate Space in Argentina. As life would have it, they both fought each other in four occasions as amateurs. Of his 26 wins, 25 were decided by KO. They will cheer for Lucas, the man who will step into the ring and perhaps, when he gets in front of Manny Pacquiao, will remember the moment in which his grandfather Miguel Angel took him to a boxing gym for the very first time, just like it happens on the pages of a Garcia Márquez novel. "She was always asking us how things felt like on the ring, until she decided to give it a try herself," Soledad recalls. Matthysse landed 57 of his 246 thrown (23%), only landing in double figures in round 6. [7][8] Early rumours indicated he would fight 37 year old former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (38–4, 26 KO). [10] Freddie Roach as well as Golden Boy Promotions' Eric Gomez liked the idea of the fight happening. #PacquiaoMatthysse", "Lucas Matthysse Makes Decision To Retire From Boxing", "Manny Pacquiao Return Being Lined Up For Crawford-Horn Card", "Arum: Pacquiao, Crawford-Horn Double Would Be ESPN PPV", "Manny Pacquiao's Return is Set? His older brother, Walter, is also a former professional boxer. A few years ago, Doris saw an opportunity while Lucas was away from Trelew. Lucas Matthysse: Nickname "Pac-Man" "La Máquina" ("The Machine") Hometown: General Santos, Philippines: Trelew, Argentina: Pre-fight record: 59–7–2 (38 KO) 39–4–0–1 (36 KO) Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) 5 ft 6 1 ⁄ 2 in (169 cm) Recognition: Eight-division world champion. 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The event took place on July 15, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Walter Matthysse had a brief and explosive career, with a few fights in the United States. Speaking about the game plan, Pacquiao said, "Matthysse has the power, so hands up all the time and do my best. Edith Soledad has already beat Salles in 2013. Matthysse is known for his aggressive pressure fighting style and formidable punching power. Pacquiao dropped Matthysse a total of 3 times before the fight was stopped. "I fought against all of them, I fought a lot of bouts in Chile, but I never fought at Luna Park. And he saw me winning...", LUCAS MATTHYSSE made himself as a boxer not only as a mentee of both his father and grandfather, but also of his older brother, Walter, widely known as "El Terrible.". It is funny, though, because Mario is my coach now and is also married to my sister, Soledad.
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