Manny Pacquiao outworked Jessie Vargas on Saturday night (Nov. 5), taking a unanimous decision and becoming the new WBO welterweight champion.
The fight was slow to start, but Pacquiao eventually caught Vargas with a straight right toward the end of the first round that sent him to the canvas. The Mexican fighter got to his feet quickly, shook it off and fought on, but in the end, it was all Pacquiao.
Vargas had some moments as the fight continued on, landing some flush right hands throughout, but Pacquiao kept moving forward, eventually wearing down his younger opponent with speed, footwork and constant punishment.
By the later rounds, Pacquiao completely dominated Vargas, en route to a decision victory.
“I felt I could do better, but my aim every round was to knock him out,” Pacquiao said after the fight.
Judges Trowbridge and Feldman scored the fight 118-109 for Paquiao, while judge Moretti had it closer at 114-113 for Pacquiao.
When asked who he wanted to fight next, Pacquiao gave his usual answer. “Whoever the people want me to fight, I will fight. Whoever my promoter wants me to fight, I will fight,” he said.
Floyd Mayweather watched the fight ringside, as well as unified light welterweight champion Terence Crawford.