Filipino Fighter Manny Pacquiao Does it Again!
Manny Pacquiao did what some critics said he couldn’t, he defeated Jesse Vargas, the now ex-former champion, once again giving Paquiao the World Boxing Organization welterweight title. This is not the first or second time the 37-year-old has held the title, but his third.
Despite their ten-year-age difference, the advantage Vargas had in height and punching distance power, the champ did it again. In an exciting second round Pacquiao floored Vargas with a short right-handed counter-punch at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the match Pacquiao said, “I feel happy. I’m trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless.” The knockout has eluded Pacquaio for the last seven years. Even so, all three judges scored the fight for the champ.
Pacquiao has not been able to devote all of his time to fighting, as in the past, as he is now a member of the Phillipine Senate. After serving as a rookie he said the fire started burning to return to boxing. He acted upon what became a successful return last night.
The first round was rather slow, with few punches, as each fighter tried to size up their opponent. Vargas was floored in the second. He didn’t really come to life until the middle rounds. His confidence seemed to grow as he performed strong in the sixth round. He went to the corner, with a big smile on his face, following the eighth round, in which both boxers landed heavy punches. Vargas said, “Fighting Manny Pacquiao is like playing a very fast game of chess, you have to be alert at all times. He was very fast but I was able to get in a few counters.”
Pacquiao summed it up by saying, “I’m going back to the senate.” Still, he is obviously giving consideration to once again fighting now-retired Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao last year and there is now talk that the two champions may once again enter the ring together.