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Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas cancelled? HBO ditches Filipino boxer, statement against US could be a factor in non-support

Bradley and Pacquiao (Photo courtesy: Ver en vivo En Directo/Flickr)

Manny Pacquiao will go up against Jessie Vargas on November 5 later this year but the fight has not produced the hype seen in the Filipino’s previous bouts. There are also rumors that the fight will be cancelled, with HBO not supporting the bout, because of Pacquiao’s recent statement against the United States.

“We need discipline because there are those who are obstinate. Now if we follow laws, I don’t think the president would take those measures to discipline us,” Pacquiao stated to Inquirer, a local daily in the Philippines.

“It’s not good for other countries to meddle.”

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Pacquiao, who is a former congressman and now an elected senator in his home country, made the statement in support of the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that the United States must not interfere with internal affairs in the country. Duterte even threatened to pull out the US troops in the country but later backtracked saying that the country still needs the Americans as allies.

Pacquiao must have forgotten that the United States and Americans are responsible for his chances in becoming a big name in boxing. The statement will turn off American fans that have been supporting Pacquiao the past years when he fights in the United States.

Pacquiao retired from boxing after his fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. His comeback fight in November is seen by many as a “money grab” and just for the Filipino boxer to earn easy money against an easy opponent.

HBO has also ditched Pacquiao’s fight against Vargas and won’t carry the bout on their pay-per-view service. Pacquiao’s fights were a regular on the cable channel but this time they are not supporting the bout.

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With his fight against Vargas not gaining momentum among fans and analysts, Pacquiao needs all the support he can get. His recent statement against the United States won’t help in the ticket sales for the November fight.

Photo courtesy: Ver en vivo En Directo/Flickr

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