Manny Pacquiao’s controversial comeback fight has ignited all sorts of media attention. He’s agreed to fight practically any of the potential opponents mentioned to him, but his most likely opponent Jessie Vargas has had his sights on him way before he ever was the champion.
It may not be settled yet up to this point if indeed Manny Pacquiao will be facing Jessie Vargas in November at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. But if it shall happen, as most boxing analysts believe, it shall be a fight that Vargas has been eyeing for so long that he declares he’s going to knock him out.
According to Boxingscene, Jessie Vargas has been dreaming of a fight with Manny since childhood, and when Erik Morales first lost to the Pacman. He was 17 years old then when he said:
“Ever since my childhood, when Erik Morales lost to Manny Pacquiao, I said ‘I’ll fight him. I’m going to win and I will knock him out’– and now we are so close to that opportunity I feel very fortunate. The road has not been easy to get here.” Jessie Vargas said.
Jessie Vargas feels that despite the fallout in negotiations between his team and Kell Brook, where the latter simply cut them off and suddenly announced that they were fighting Gennady Golovkin instead, he’s still grateful that things are turning out positively.
Add that to his previous controversial loss to Tim Bradley last year where he was so close to knocking out his opponent when the referee mistook the last 10-second bell as the end of the 12th round and ended the fight, Jessie Vargas says he’s happy for the opportunities and how everything is going well now.
Vargas is 27-1 and he has the height and reaches advantage over Manny Pacquiao. Perhaps the best way to approach that fight if it ever happens is to fight from the distance and to ward off Manny’s onslaughts.
But does he have the power to keep Manny Pacquiao away? Vargas had trouble containing Tim Bradley when they fought, and that could be a clue as to how the fight could turn out in Manny’s favor.
Jessie Vargas is currently the WBO Welterweight champion and he remains committed to fighting Manny Pacquiao even if no contract between the two has been signed yet.
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