Manny Pacquiao Confirms Nov. Fight Against Jessie Vargas
Following reports last week of his return from retirement, Manny Pacquiao confirmed Tuesday (Aug. 9) that he will challenge welterweight champ Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.
The news clarifies confusion from last week. Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, said that Vargas was the opponent, while promoter Bob Arum denied reports.
After a meeting, Pacquaio made the announcement.
"Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas," Pacquiao said. "Boxing is my passion. I miss what I'd been doing inside the gym and atop the ring."
Pacquiao announced his retirement back in April, after earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. in their third meeting.
A month later, the boxing star was elected to the senate in the Philippines.
With obilgations in government in his native country, Pac-Man plans to train around his senate duties by training in early mornings and then again in evenings before the government body goes into recess. He'll then be allowed a few weeks to finish training in the United States and to fight.
Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas, agreed to a deal for the fight a couple of weeks ago, but it was contingent on Pacquiao picking him as the opponent. The 27-year-old will be making his first title defense after a knockout victory of then-undefeated contender Sadam Ali to win the vacant belt in March.