The 37-year-old Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2) is getting younger again. At least, for the time being when he’s up to something good, doing something he loves, in his comfort zone: A Boxing ring.
As the match between Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas closes in, boxing experts in general like his chances, by what they see of him in training. He’s the usual Pac-Man we are used to seeing in the gym. He’s hungry, and it shows by how seriously he trains.
In spite of his opponent Jessie Vargas being a decade younger, Manny Pacquiao will likely overcome him with experience, plus the fact that he’s practically the same fighter right before he retired.
He was impressive against Tim Bradley, and prizefighters are just as good as their last fight. Freddie Roach has hinted that their strategy against Jessie Vargas will be similar to their game plan against taller boxers, such as Oscar De La Hoya and Margarito. Will we be seeing a Pac-Man KO for the first time in years in Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas?
“I will try to establish my will over his early in the fight,” Manny said according to BleacherReport. He will be using his hand and foot speed, as he did against De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito.
“I will need to dictate the terms early. Freddie and I have three game plans for him. He is a young and strong champion. His height and reach are also factors that I will need to overcome. I do not want to give anything away, but if you watch my fights against Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito you will see that my speed and footwork will be my key weapons in establishing my plan.” Manny Pacquiao added.
Not a boxing expert, but nevertheless fully supportive of Pac-Man’s return to the sport, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte feels the Filipino legend should look for an early knockout too.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has been supporting Manny in his early days in boxing, reports claim, and he fears Pac-Man could tire out in the later rounds. When asked about his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas:
“[I’m no] boxing expert, but I hope… If it does happen, it does happen. [It should be in the early rounds],” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said, according to the Manila Times.
He didn’t specifically state his reasons, but it may be due to the general idea of Manny Pacquiao ‘s age, that he may not be as durable as he once was.
“[Because if it goes beyond seven to eight rounds, he could tire out. He might lose his punching power. I hope he can do it within the first two rounds. Manny can hit him, knock him down],” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte added.
Will age be a factor come November 5th? Who’s your pick between Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas?