Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is set to face WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Saturday. It will be his 67th professional fight and Pacquiao called it the most important fight of his career.
“Every opponent gets my full attention and respect. I respect Jessie and that is why I trained hard. This is the most important fight because it will determine the direction of my boxing career. I need to win convincingly,” Pacquiao told The Telegraph.
The fighting Senator out of the Philippines is hinting the possibility of officially retiring from boxing if he loses to Vargas. The WBO champ is known for his punching power and he could end the fight with just one punch.
Another thing to point out is Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank might lose even more PPV buys if “Pacman” does not win convincingly. He has not finished an opponent since 2009 when he defeated Miguel Cotto via technical knockout in the 12th round.
The preparation for this fight is also difficult for the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer since he was busy doing his job as a senator for his country. He admitted in an interview with ABS-CBN News that fighting and being part of the senate is not an easy task.
“Being a fighter and a senator is not easy, if you don’t have the discipline. Good thing that God is good. He is giving me the wisdom and the knowledge to perform my duties as a legislator, a public servant and a boxer also,” Pacquiao said.
According to CBS Sports, Manny Pacquiao is still the favorite to win against Jessie Vargas. However, there were people saying that Pacquiao is not the same fighter during his training due to the overwhelming schedule of being a senator, boxer, pastor and family man.
Manny Pacquiao is set to face Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship on November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a stacked card with Nonito Donaire fighting the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno for the WBO super bantamweight title.
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