Fight Televised on Pay-Per-View
Recently retired boxer, Manny Pacquiao will be back in the ring on Saturday (Sunday, 2am GMT) to meet contender Jessie Vargas. The event will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao, the popular fighter from the Philippines, retired after defeating Timothy Bradley last May. Now the 37-year-old is competing for the WBO World Welterweight title. His opponent assumed the vacant title last March with his TKO over Sadam Ali. The question on everyone’s mind is if Pacquiao still has what it takes to stage a comeback.
During his 21-year career, Pacquiao won world titles in an unbelievable eight weight divisions. Now he faces an opponent who is 10 years younger. Vargas should be able to capitalize on his height and reach advantage. Vargas has a 4 1/2 inches height advantage in addition to a four inches reach advantage. Vargas has 27 wins to his credit, including 10 KO’s compared to Pacquiao’s 58 wins including 38 KO’s. Pacquiao has been defeated six times compared to one defeat for Vargas.
According to Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, “He hasn’t lost a step. He is still the same person I have always known and he is still a great fighter.” Vargas says, “I’m the only champion that hasn’t got the proper credit. I was picked to lose so many times. I was brought up as an opponent. I was a journeyman, you could say, and I’m only 27 years old.”
So, in reality, what do the results of the fight look like? The betting odds for Vargas are 11/2 and for Pacquiao 1/9 with a draw at 25/1. In just a few hours we will know the outcome.