Boxing fans in the U.S. will need to rely on live-streaming if they want to watch Manny Pacquiao’s return to the ring next week.

Pacquiao’s July 14 fight vs. WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be shown exclusively on ESPN’s new streaming service, ESPN+. The program is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.

The Pacquiao-Matthyse fight will stream immediately after ESPN finishes its broadcast of the Regis Prograis-Juan Jose Velasco title fight in New Orleans.

“I am very happy that all of my fans in America will have a chance to watch my next fight on ESPN+, and I am looking forward to putting on a show,” Pacquiao said in a statement issued Saturday by Top Rank Media. “Matthysse is a great opponent. I am training with all of my heart because I want to be champion again.”

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has not fought since losing his WBO welterweight world championship to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision in July 2017. Matthyse (39-4, 36 KOs) won the WBA belt in January with an eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram.

Source: Tom Gatto|| SN