Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas: Why the lesser match-up could prove to be more
It was reported by many respected periodicals on Wednesday , August 3, that eight division world titlist Manny Pacquiao has indeed chosen to face current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) in an anticipated November 5 return to the professional ring at a location to be named later.
The announcement will undoubtedly be perceived as somewhat of a disappointment to many fans and boxing scribes around the world who were hoping to see a clash between the Filipino Senator and the current WBC/WBO Super Lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford.
Although the event is sure to receive some criticism from the often unreasonable benefactors of boxing, Vargas believes the paying customer will ultimately be pleased with the end product in November.
"I would hope that the fans would enjoy 'Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas'. I know that they will," stated the current WBO Welterweight champ to 'Seconds Out'. "You know, I do hold the WBO world title, and I've shown that I'll fight anybody. I hope that the fans will realize that."
"That's a fighter that they want, right? Someone who's willing to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, and doesn't duck or dodge anyone."
The 27 year old, Las Vegas based fighter was originally slated to face current IBF 147 pound titlist Kell Brook in what would have been a unification bout to be held in October. But the deal ultimately fell apart when the British born champion decided to take a bigger money fight with Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin instead.
The decision left a very bad taste in the mouth of the hungry, young title champion.
"I had already signed a deal to fly to England and face Kell Brook for a unification bout. So I'm no 'bitch'. I come here to give the fans a real fight, against the best in my division."
"I would figure that's what the fans would want to see, so I hope everyone comes to realize that."
But will they appreciate the match-up between Pacquiao and Vargas with a $70 price tag attached?
After defeating Viktor Postol on June 23, current WBC/WBO Super Lightweight champion Terence Crawford became the overwhelming fan favorite to stand opposite the Pacman in a projected November 5 match-up. Most die-hard fight fans, as well as boxing writers abroad, believe TC would give the Filipino Senator a greater challenge and ultimately create a bigger attraction worldwide.
Despite agreeing that the style of the 140 pound champ is potentially problematic for his 37 year old fighter, longtime Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz believes it would also make for a less than scintillating affair.
"I don't like Crawford's style," stated Koncz to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times. "I don't believe it's a style that suits Manny."
While Jessie Vargas recognizes the appeal of a head to head match-up between Pacquiao and Crawford, the current WBO titlist does feel he possesses a style that will mesh well with Manny and ultimately create a more fan friendly event.
"I think they are two great match-ups, but two very different fights with two very different styles," claims Jessie. "I know a fight with me would be an absolute war from both sides."