Manny Pacquiao was expected to face Terence Crawford for his comeback fight, but it took a dazzling performance by the American boxer to dismantle Viktor Postol to shake things a bit, and now Bob Arum is expected to fly to the Philippines to finalize the details for an opponent.
All of a sudden, Manny Pacquiao seems to be in need of a warm up fight instead of fighting Terence Crawford directly. Freddie Roach has recommended this, after seeing what Crawford could do. He has the speed and the variety of attacks to make the fight problematic for the Filipino.
It is rumored that Jessie Vargas is likely to be Manny Pacquiao’s opponent this November, and that the contract will soon be ironed out. He’s the WBO world champion and is also under the same promotional umbrella as Manny.
Bob Arum is also entertaining the idea of the fight to be staged in the Middle East. The Manila Times reported him tweeting, “Meeting on Sunday with people anxious to put on a @MannyPacquiao TR fight in the Middle East.”
Jessie Vargas believes Manny Pacquiao wants to fight him, and that the eagerness is mutual. He also believes he can beat the Filipino, and wants to do so for his fellow Mexican prizefighters.
“I am the WBO welterweight champion and he wants to return to fight for this belt. So I am happy to give him a title shot.” Vargas said. “I not only want to face him but I want to beat him. Juan Manuel Marquez did it and I want to beat him too, mainly because at his best he was someone who gave many headaches to Mexico fighters.”
Jessie Vargas beat Sadam Ali in his last fight, and his height and reach could pose real problems against Manny Pacquiao. It can be argued, too, that he could have beaten Tim Bradley by knock out last year had it not been for an erroneous call by the referee who thought the fight was over with about 8 seconds remaining.
“Manny has never faced someone like me. I’m at my best, I have several advantages. I’m taller and faster than him. I’m really smart fighter too.” Jessie Vargas said, according to BoxingScene.
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