Manny Pacquiao will be fighting against Jessie Vargas in November, as confirmed by Michael Koncz, and the Pacman’s adviser said that it is now only a matter of where the bout will be held. Bob Arum will be visiting the Philippines this week to discuss the possibility of the match to be staged in the Middle East.
The bout was originally reported to take place at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, where Pacquiao fought against Erick Morales. But the Los Angeles Times reports the window is still open to staging it in Dubai.
Although Michael Koncz has denied that Pacquiao is after a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather, Jessie Vargas is likely the first step towards that goal. Otherwise, why would Manny, a future hall of fame, and an elected senator, even bother to come back and fight?
Money is a huge factor in boxing; otherwise, it wouldn’t be referred to as prizefighting. And Manny Pacquiao knows he won’t be earning as much as he did from this point in his career without fighting Floyd Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao earned an estimated $150 million versus Floyd Mayweather, who, being on the A-side of the match up, earned around $250 million.
Boxing pundits see Jessie Vargas as a relatively easy step towards something bigger.
Jessie Vargas lost to fellow American boxer Tim Bradley last year, but one may argue that it was a fight he could have won by TKO had the fight not been erroneously stopped by the referee.
However, it was a match Bradley was winning handily until a ghost punch shifted the balance of the match.
Vargas has the height advantage, but Manny Pacquiao will likely come in and attack his body to slow him down early. It could turn out to be an in-flight game strategy for the Filipino whose power could punctuate a win before the twelve round stretch.
Jessie Vargas has a record of 27-1 with only 10 knockouts. His power is not expected to repulse a Pacquiao offensive, and his relative lack of experience could come into play.
Does this mean a Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather rematch is just around the corner?
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