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Manny Pacquiao ‘Mexicutioner’ days evoked; Barrera, Marquez, Morales, etc…

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Manny Pacquiao is rumored to fight Jessie Vargas in November for WBO Welterweight title

If money is the main reason for Manny Pacquiao’s return to boxing, then there could either be little difference between the very first day he climbed up the ring and today, or it could be of total disparity.

He could either be driven by financial survival or greed, as money motivates just the same.

Manny Pacquiao has un-retired for his family, and to be able to help more people in the Philippines.

“I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help.” Pacquiao said, as reported by BBC.

If the reason for fighting has gone deep to his atavistic core, does it mean we can expect the Manny Pacquiao of old back against Jessie Vargas?

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The idea drifts us back to the days of Lehlo Ledwaba when he had his first break that came by accident, and he filled in to fight as a replacement on two weeks notice.

That fight led him to Marco Antonio Barrera whom he fought incessantly with all his might; never giving Barrera room to reposition himself.

His upcoming opponent Jessie Vargas, meanwhile, has been committed to fight the Pacman since he saw him beat Erik Morales as a teenager.

According to a report by Fight Saga, Jessie Vargas said, “Overall, this fight was made because it’s a fan friendly fight. It’s going to be an action packed fight…”

“Similar to the first fight between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao, where it’s all action. It’s going to be blood, sweat and tears. That’s why this fight was made.”

It’s a statement that evokes memories of Pacquiao as an implacable force- the Mexicutioner days of great rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico, when names like Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales meant so much to Pacquiao’s growing fame.

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Will Pacquiao’s rudimentary drive to overcome the harsh economic reality of living in the Philippines bring back his feistiness and passion against Jessie Vargas, and eventually to Floyd Mayweather, as most boxing followers suspect?

Or are we misleading ourselves in a sport that has been corrupted long ago that we fail to see beyond the hype- that Jessie Vargas is no Erik Morales at all, and Manny Pacquiao is now more of a politician than a fighter?

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