Philippine Senator and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is not worried what WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has in stored for him. Pacquiao hopes that Vargas would walk the talk.
Pacquiao and Vargas are less than 24-hours from their historic meeting at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The first-time Senator told Los Angeles Times that he likes his opponent to bring the fight to him. Without naming anybody, Pacquiao was obviously referring to Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he says was running around the ring when they last fought.
“I love that, that’s real boxing,” Pacquiao said. “I like my opponent coming forward.”
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Pacquiao will rely on experience, speed, and power to score an upset. He notes that he and Vargas do have the advantages going into the fight, it will just depend on how either of them will use these advantages.
Pacquiao stated that he has respect for Vargas being the champion. Vargas even noted that he plans to use one of his advantages, which is his height. But this is not the first time that Pacquiao fought an opponent taller than him.
What makes Vargas different from other opponents that Pacquiao faced is that he is just like the former champ who wants to prove that he is the next big thing in boxing. Vargas told the New York Post that for him to become the greatest, he needs to beat one of the best fighters in the world.
“I’ve wanted this fight for some time,” Vargas said.
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Pacquiao hopes that Vargas would stay true to his words of giving fight fans what they want to see in their bout. The 37-year old challenger is known as a brawler and if Vargas wants to brawl, that would not be to his advantage.
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