LUCAS' STORY is recent and well-documented. "It's that I couldn't even look him in the eyes. "Actually, we have seen all Pacquiao fights together, as a family," Lucas said. On the night of May 6, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena, Matthysse fought again after 18 months away from the ring, knocking out Emmanuel Taylor in the fifth round. 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. 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.". Will Terence Crawford get Spence or Pacquiao next? However, Pacquiao told the preparations were in the final stages and the funds would be released to Golden Boy in the coming days. That's when Walter decided to call it quits. He retired from boxing in 1989, and Luna Park stopped hosting boxing matches in 1987. However, I used to train at that gym," Mario says from his native town of Trelew. [26][27] According to CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 95 of 344 punches thrown (28%), this included a 44% connect rate on his power punches. "Mario used to train with my dad," Soledad recalls. [18][19][20] On April 13, it was officially rumored that Pacquiao had parted ways with Roach. The Argentinean Boxing Federation organized the program back in 2004. "It was a wild bout because they hit each other all the time," Soledad recalls while laughing. We did a good job in training. It is represented by Doris Steinbach, the same young lady who ended up as Mario Matthysse's companion when she was 16. Pacquiao staves off Father Time, downs Matthysse", "Pacquiao predicts biggest Malaysia show since Ali - FOX Sports Asia", "Photos: Pacquiao, Matthysse - Go Face To Face in Malaysia", "KO! "Honestly," Doris recalled recently at her whole family's request, as they set themselves to listen to a what they called a fairytale. "I am better than my children on that," she says jokingly. "That was when I announce my retirement, as an undefeated champion," Doris said. 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. Maidana won fairly, in a close match. Maidana, with a smile, simply nodded in consent. [24] On July 2, Golden Boy and Matthysse confirmed receipt of funds and proposed to fly out to Malaysia the next day. Former lineal and three-time WBO welterweight champion. Matthysse took a knee in the 5th round and was decked by a left hook in the 7th, following a combination. 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. Casually, as they say. However, I would have loved to win it," Matthysse confessed. What lies ahead for Gervonta Davis and Naoya Inoue after highlight-reel KOs? Jennifer is the only one of the siblings who is not a professional fighter. I think he will go at me in full strength, as usual. Diaz is also an excellent motivator at the gym and in the corner. I'm surprised because Matthysse is a very tough opponent and I knocked him down. Lucas, however, is a quiet and lonely person. His older brother, Walter, is also a former professional boxer. First, we have the marriage of Soledad Matthysse with Mario Oscar Narvaez, former sparring partner of Lucas and whom today is his coach. 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. 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[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. It is not rare that they would not say four sentences to each other since they are men of very few words. Walter Matthysse had a brief and explosive career, with a few fights in the United States. Only two journalists witnessed the fight: Marcelo Gonzalez and this ESPN reporter. ^Note 2 For interim WBA featherweight title "El Tordo" wasn't lucky with timing, either. Pacquiao dropped Matthysse a total of 3 times before the fight was stopped. "I am now coaching recreational boxing at the Decatlon Gym in Trelew, as usual," El Tordo said. 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. Mario was the WBC Hispanic junior bantamweight champion. 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. A few years ago, Doris saw an opportunity while Lucas was away from Trelew. 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He is my friend, and I know he won fair and square and that it was a close fight. "It is one of the most important things that have ever happened to me. This is the story of three of those children. Doris, who now works at the Secretary of Culture in Rawson, Chubut's capital, is Lucas' great companion even when they are apart. The team is complete with technical staffer Joel Diaz, who says that Pacquiao's left-handed style would not be a huge issue. Leer aquí. Mario Matthysse was also a strong and tenacious fighter who, besides his defeats, was willing to step into the ring and face anyone. [2][3][4] Pacquiao won the fight by 7th-round TKO[5] and Matthysse announced his retirement shortly thereafter. [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. [6], On January 16, 2018 it was first reported that Pacquiao would return to the ring on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight championship on April 21. Matthysse had no excuses, stating he lost to "a great fighter and a great champion." Lee esta historia en español en But one thing is to punch a bag and another one to face an opponent in the flesh. 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.". "I was 15 years old back then," Lucas Matthysse recalls. Edith is currently training to face Ahahí Salles, the current Argentine bantamweight champion in Senillosa, Neuquen. THE MATTHYSSE FAMILY will be as close as ever on the evening of Saturday. Back then, Lucas was making progress. We were pushing hard." "I didn't fight at Luna (Park). Lucas said it was just a thought and not a final decision. He never admitted to it publicly, but "La Máquina" (nickname given to him by ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.) seriously considered retiring from boxing and he even posted it on Twitter. At least, he saw me. #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? [7][8] Early rumours indicated he would fight 37 year old former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (38–4, 26 KO). 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I liked to go out and have fun just like any other girl. So, it all remains in the family. It would mark the first time in 34 fights, since 2001 that Roach would not be in Pacquiao's corner. When Lucas decided to start a professional career, and at the request of his brother Walter, he joined Arano's ranks and based himself in Junin. "Because no one has defeated me in the ring.". "And I'll return to coaching pro boxers very soon. Matthysse landed 57 of his 246 thrown (23%), only landing in double figures in round 6. He fought his last bout in 2014 and finished his career with 15 wins (4 by KO), 17 losses and five draws. 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. Walter was born on Aug. 29, 1978. He did it all with his hands. His mother's father, Miguel Angel Steinbach, was also a boxer. Those will be the hearts of the members of the Matthysse family. Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse, billed as Fight of Champions, was a boxing match for the WBA (Regular) welterweight championship. "He's a friend of mine, we lived together in the same room. Actually, this is the family story of Lucas, nicknamed "The Machine," who is set to step into the ring on Saturday, July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, to face Manny Pacquiao in what will be the most important bout of his life. At the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao confirmed he would continue boxing. 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 … "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. "[22][23] By July 1, there were still doubts around the fight taking place, notably from Bob Arum. In fact, "La Itaka," as she is known, is a former junior featherweight champion who held the WBC and WBA crowns simultaneously. Milagros is the one carrying the family banner. [28], ^Note 1 For WBA (Regular) welterweight title Mario had 58 fights with 38 wins (18 by knockout), 13 losses and 7 draws. Referee Kenny Bayless began the count, stopping the fight at 2 minutes and 43 seconds after Matthysse spat out his mouthpiece. The other two are Sasha (16) and Yanessis who is close to her 15th birthday. [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. Despite calls from media and relatives, they never fought each other as pros and always kept (and still keep) a lot of mutual respect. [17], On April 2, 2018 the fight was officially confirmed for July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Edith Soledad has already beat Salles in 2013. It is a family in which boxing runs deep, of male and female boxers, of former and future champions. It wasn't the first time they've seen each other, though. Her brother, Miguel Angel, was friends with Mario, also known as "El Tordo" ("The Thrush"). And his five losses were always decided before the bell as well. I was focused and patient in the fight, and I worked hard in training. They already knew each other. 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. [12] On March 1, Pacquiao withdrew from the Crawford-Horn card. Doris won the match and the provincial tournament. 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. Therefore, he had to be based in Buenos Aires and he lived for a few years in there before he left amateur boxing.". ^Note 4 For vacant IBF flyweight title, "World champion again! THIS STORY begins in a neighborhood dance party in the 1970's. There's a feminine side to this boxing story, as well. I didn't like him at all, he cursed a lot and was so full of himself.". Of his 26 wins, 25 were decided by KO. THERE ARE STILL TWO FAMILY STORIES to tell. [16] Although the fight wasn't officially announced, the date was pushed back to July 8. When I was 18, I got pregnant with (daughter) Milagros and that's when we formalized our relationship.". One of the highlights of my life was when I went to Las Vegas, alongside my son Lucas. Lucas Martín Matthysse is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2018. I loved being there, next to them...". Can Nevada fix its instant-replay problem? But something funny happened when he asked her to dance and, suddenly, kissed her. "He loves the countryside, he loves to hunt, being with his dogs, he's a very quiet person and he was always away from home for long periods of time," says his sister, Edith Soledad, a mother of four and also a boxer. [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. 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. He is a great boxer, that is no secret. That summer evening, Mario and Doris set eyes on each other at a club in Esperanza, in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe. 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Matthysse is known for his aggressive pressure fighting style and formidable punching power. Lucas was adamantly against the idea of seeing the woman who gave him life stepping into a ring and exchanging punches. Aside from their quiet and lonely ways and few words, they do not bear any resemblances on the ring. "Lucas was the one brother closest to mom, he's a 'momma's boy,' as we would say. 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. Matthysse's father will not be joining him in Kuala Lumpur. 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. "Because of those things that happen in life," he says. 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. La saga Matthysse. But the Matthysse family saga is long and wide-ranging. [21] On May 18, according to sources in Argentina, the fight was in jeopardy and likely to be postponed. It is funny, though, because Mario is my coach now and is also married to my sister, Soledad. Maidana won three of them, and the other one ended in a draw. "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.". ", "Pacquiao Denies Reports of Issues With Matthysse Fight", "Pacquiao: Ignore What Arum Said, He's Old, My Fight Will Happen", "Matthysse Receives His Money, Heads To Malaysia on Tuesday", "Pacquiao Knocks Matthysse Out in Seventh For WBA Belt", "Pacquiao stops Matthysse for 1st KO since '09", "Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse - CompuBox Punch Stats", "Programming Alert: Matthysse vs. Pacquiao will be available on and the TSN app to all TSN and TSN Direct subscribers on Saturday, beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT", "Pertarungan Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse - Fight of Champions", "La pelea Matthysse-Pacquiao podrá verse por las señales televisivas de TNT Sports y Space",, "Perlawanan Pacquiao, Matthysse secara langsung di RTM", "Lasapin ang matinding Pacman Punch! Priscilla means everything to me," Lucas never gets tired of saying. The birth of his daughter Priscilla On June 19, 2005, in Trelew, shook his life completely. THE STORY OF "EL CHINO" AND "LA MAQUINA" has a whole different chapter in our tale. I have always rooted for him, but this time, it will be different. However, on April 15, Pacquiao revealed via social media that he had not decided on who would train him for the bout against Matthysse. As life would have it, they both fought each other in four occasions as amateurs. "She was always asking us how things felt like on the ring, until she decided to give it a try herself," Soledad recalls. He held the WBA welterweight title in 2018 and the WBC interim super lightweight title from 2012 to 2013. Manny Pacquiao wins via TKO in 7th rd! I cannot forget how Lucas cried in a sign of hopelessness when I went to greet him. Subscribe to OSN Pinoy to watch more of Pacquiao and exclusive Pinoy Sports #OSNPinoy #MannyPacquiao #PacquiaoMatthysse", "¡El dragón busca despertar ante la máquina de nocauts! And he had power. 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? The event took place on July 15, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 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. I would have loved to do that.". All three of them are boxers. [15] Pacquiao started training for the potential bout on March 12. On top of that, since I have no issues fighting against lefties, he will try to work me with his counter strike. "I was fighting my second bout and it was the only time he saw me box. Speaking about the game plan, Pacquiao said, "Matthysse has the power, so hands up all the time and do my best. 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. [25], Pacquiao scored his first knockout over 8 years by stopping Matthysse in round 7 to win the WBA (Regular) welterweight title. Milagros is 18 nowadays and she is one of the three daughters of Soledad and Mario Matthysse. Both took their first steps in boxing in Vera, Santa Fe. "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). 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. 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. Ha! I helped in every aspect, despite the fact Mario Narvaez was the official coach and Joel Diaz worked as technical staffer. Walter Dario, Edith Soledad and Lucas Martin. Suportahan ang Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao vs Matthysse Live sa July 15, 3am UAE/2am KSA on OSN Sports HD Box Office. Lucas was born on Sept. 27, 1982. 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. Obviously, she was training every day. Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exceeded all expectations, but is it repeatable? The "little brother" followed his older sibling's footsteps. 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.". When I was 14 years old, I weighed 105 pounds and I made my official debut as a boxer.". Arum played down the talks and said the fight had not been finalized. 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. ^Note 3 For WBA (Regular) junior flyweight title A provincial tournament was about to be held and there was a vacant spot for a boxer. When I met him, I had nothing to do with boxing. Walter was always an explosive person. 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. She has already fought one bout, earning the crown at the provincial championship in the Evita Games in the 80-kg category. One of those bouts was held in a closed arena, with no attendants. "I fought against all of them, I fought a lot of bouts in Chile, but I never fought at Luna Park. The owner of a produce store took them both and some other aspiring boxers, put them inside a produce truck and made trips to neighboring towns and staged fights with them.
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