Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas: Nonito Donaire Jr. joins as co-main event

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Manny Pacquiao may be fighting Jessie Vargas without the support of HBO on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center, but the addition of Nonito Donaire as its co-main event surely makes it more interesting.

Not many boxing fans would consider Jessie Vargas a live threat to Manny Pacquiao, and for that the Filipino superstar gets indirectly accused of merely fighting for easy money. Many feel this match up is a hard to sell, which infuriates Vargas.

According to a report by Boxing News, Jessie Vargas has vowed to beat Manny Pacquiao saying, “I’ve always been the underdog. They always wanted to take me down. They never believed in me and look at me now, two-time world champion, and I will beat Manny Pacquiao because of all of that.”

Some things are easier said than done, and we’ll have to wait and see if he’ll be able to back up his declarations.

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In spite of Manny’s loss in his super fight against Floyd Mayweather, the Filipino champion was still able to fight with tremendous energy and precision against Tim Bradley. He has a vast repertoire of skillsets and experience. In fact, many believe his fight against Vargas is a mere stepping-stone to Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather 2.

To make things more interesting, Bob Arum has announced that Nonito Donaire will be fighting as a co-main event this coming November.

In a report by the Phil Star Bob Arum said, “We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.”

“When we made the fight, one of the reasons why we are in Thomas and Mack, it sets up so that we can have more than 6,000 seats that we are charging 50 dollars from, so that the Filipinos who come here who usually watch it on closed circuit can watch it for as low as 50 dollars.”

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This tandem brings back the golden days of Filipino boxing when Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire used to be the no. 1 and no. 2 boxers in the world.

Nonito Donaire has reportedly split with his father as his head trainer, and it’s not yet clear who’ll be by his corner as he faces the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico who has a 74% knockout ratio.

As to the reason of the pair parting ways, according a report by Rappler Nonito Donaire said, “My dad and I talked and he expressed to me he wanted to go back to the Bay Area and right now our paths aren’t crossing for him to be in my corner,” says Donaire Jr.

“He is an amazing trainer and an even better father. I wish him the best of luck in the path he chooses.”

Photo courtesy: Claire Fiel/

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