Manny Pacquiao may no longer be fighting Adrien Broner in his next fight after the latter reportedly priced himself out. With Broner out-of-the-way, it is likely that Manny Pacquiao will fight Jessie Vargas instead of November.
Manny Pacquiao denied rumors that he was seeking for a leave of absence from the senate to make way for boxing, but he never denied fighting again. In fact, after he stated that his legislative work is now his priority, he added:
“My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I’ll make sure it will not interfere with my senate duties.”
If the fighting senator is ever fighting again, he will be training in the Philippines, and close by, too, so he can attend all his senate sessions as he had promised.
With Adrien Broner out of the picture, many believe Terence Crawford should be a compelling matchup against Pacquiao. His name was in the mix prior to Manny’s initial retirement, but the young gun from Nebraska is already scheduled to fight Viktor Postol on July 23rd.
Amir Khan could make a case for himself once again after missing out a couple of times. Pacquiao’s followers hate his guts and he has a huge backing from England, which makes good financial sense.
But the fighter who’s rumored to face Manny Pacquiao next is Jessie Vargas.
The fight is easy to make since Jessie Vargas and Manny Pacquiao are both under Top Rank. Jessie Vargas was supposed to fight Kell Brook but negotiations fell through after Brook announced he’d be moving up two weight classes to meet Golovkin.
That leaves Jessie Vargas scouring for an opponent, and Bob Arum can readily make Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas happen. He’d keep profits solely for his outfit too.
Jessie Vargas is the current WBO welterweight champion, so a fight with Pacquiao would be a title fight, which makes it more interesting and easy to sell.
Jessie Vargas has a record of 27-1. His only loss was against Timothy Bradley, which was highly controversial as he was on the verge of knocking out Bradley when the referee mistook the 10-second warning at the end of the round.
Had it not been for the referee’s mistake, Jessie Vargas could’ve knocked Bradley out, which Pacquiao himself has not been able to do with their 3 fights.
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