Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas: Arum not confident PacMan can juggle added responsibilities
Last week, Sen. Manny Pacquiao was in the news while fulfilling his duties as a public servant in the Philippines.
The eight division world champion was praised for taking action during a live session which led to the temporary dismissal of fellow Senator Leila de Lima as the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Apparently the newly-appointed Senator is taking his position in public office a bit more seriously than what's been perceived throughout the past several years. And although the Pacman has been able to juggle many occupations simultaneously over the past half decade, Manny's Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum, isn't sure the 37 year old ring legend can continue to successfully manage his new found dedication to the Senate with the rigors of prizefighting.
"I don't know if Manny Pacquiao can continue to manage his career in the Senate with his career in boxing," the Top Rank CEO admitted to FightHype.com. "For me, it maybe seems like it's too much. But I don't know...Manny has a lot of energy, and we're going to see."
In years past, Pacquiao has always placed his career in the ring as his primary vocation. It's the occupation that continues to generate millions of dollars for him and allows him to help his fellow countrymen in ways to which basketball or even congressional service can't.
It seems during the apparent twilight of his legendary prizefighting career that Manny is now focused on a life after boxing. Will his current mindset be a detriment when facing a hungry, young world champion on November 5?
The five decade fight promoter isn't sure which version of Pacquiao we'll see in just six weeks.
"This fight will tell a lot of things about Manny Pacquiao," Arum stated to Top Rank correspondent Crystina Poncher.
"Vargas is a very young, energetic kid who is punching well and who I feel is a danger to Manny Pacquiao."
Despite being tagged as a 5 1/2 to 1 betting underdog on most Race and Sports Books, the current WBO Welterweight champion is coming into this fight at his respective apex of confidence. The Las Vegas based fighter won the coveted title by stopping formerly undefeated prospect Sadam Ali in March of this year, and has vowed to keep his belt by stopping the Filipino icon within the distance.
With Manny's primary focus currently in the Philippines Senate, will fight fans witness a "changing of the guard" at the Thomas and Mack Center on November 5?
"This is traditional in boxing," said Bob Arum. "The young fighter, reaching his prime and going against the aging warrior. That's always been the natural succession of the sport. Whether it happens here or not, we'll find out on November 5."
Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The world championship event will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices.
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