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Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas: Pac-Man to impress as he once did vs Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar Dela Hoya

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Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn, Ali Funeka
Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn, Ali Funeka

A majority of boxing fans fails to see, or likely forget the fact that Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2) started his pro boxing career as Flyweight more than two decades ago. We have been enamored by the beating he gave the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto, so much so that we expect more each time.

The fact that he is still at a level that could beat world champions at welterweight, or perhaps higher, now that he’s 37 years old, being a natural 140-pounder, is a testament to his gift for the fight sport, and physical prowess. But for many boxing fans that are no longer enough.

It is not enough that Manny Pacquiao draws comparisons to Henry Armstrong, and is being exulted alongside boxing greats Sugar Ray Leonard, or Muhammad Ali.

No. Bloodthirsty, action-hungry boxing fans want a knockout in Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas. Forget the past. Focus on the present. If a knockout doesn’t come, his career could be in the doldrums.

“There’s a pressure for me, but I don’t want to think about that. I don’t want to get distracted by that. For me, the pressure encourages me, is a motivation to focus hard, focus on training, work hard.” The Pac-Man said of the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas fight on Nov. 5th, in a report by BoxingScene.

An impressive win against Jessie Vargas could open up bigger, more competitive fights against Danny Garcia, Thurman and Terence Crawford.

Will Manny Pacquiao be able to impress, as he did against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto? Jessie Vargas aims to knock him out, and that could be what he needs to come up with a KO ala Ricky Hatton.

Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas is key to reviving his career, or it could signal a final descent.

Despite Jessie Vargas is the younger fighter, by no less than a decade, a report by ESPN suggests that Manny Pacquiao still has the advantage against him in terms of speed, power, stamina and experience.

Will we hold Manny Pacquiao at fault if Jessie Vargas feels his power and skitters? And even if he performs as aggressively against Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya in the past?

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