TRENDING NOW: Pacquiao Wins Over Vargas On Points In Style To Win WBO Welterweight Belt

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Manny Pacquiao dominated former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas en route to a unanimous decision victory at Las Vegas today. Photo from The Telegraph website.

Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title with a unanimous victory over former champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center arena in Las Vegas today (Saturday night in the US).

It was a comeback fight for the Pacman, after announcing his retirement seven months ago in a victory against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand.

 

Pacquiao, 37, did not show any signs of aging with his solid left punch sending Vargas to the canvas late in the second round. Another solid left to the head after a clash of heads in the eight round made Vargas bleed from the eyebrow.

Two judges scored the fight 118-109 while a third while a third judge scored it close, 114-113, all in favor of Pacman.

“It was a flash knockdown in the 3rd, he (Pacquiao) has tremendous speed. Sometimes you get caught with those quick shots you don’t see and it knocks you down”, Vargas said in a postfight interview. “We are only improving. I apologize if I let the fans down but I tried my best and we are only getting better. Fighting Pac only elevated my game and it makes me better.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao was gracious in victory by acknowledging Vargas’ strengths. “I feel happy because I’m trying every round to knock him down but not being careless. I’m very careful to go inside because I know he will counter me. I feel I can do more but every round is to try and knock him out.”

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Pacquiao’s slate is now at 59-6-2. while former champion Vargas falls to a 27-2-0 record. Photo from Los Angeles Times website.

With the dominating victory, Pacquiao has sent the message that he is still one of the premiere boxers today despite his advanced age. It also sparked talks about him having a rematch with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in a controversial yet underwhelming megadollar bout May of last year. Mayweather, Jr. was at ringside to watch the Filipino senator’s comeback fight today.

There were also reported interactions between the two future hall-of-fame boxers. Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reported:

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Pacquiao, however, was quick to downplay the possibility of a Mayweather rematch. “I’m going back to senate and the next fight I talk to Bob (Arum). He added, “I don’t know, whoever the people want me to fight, I am not picking an opponent, whoever my promoter gives me I will fight. Anybody at 147 (welterweight).”

Pacquiao’s slate is now at 59-6-2, while former champion Vargas falls to a 27-2-0 record.

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