Pacquiao vs. Vargas confirmed for November 5th
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 10, 2016 11:19 AM
Manny Pacquiao makes his return to the ring on November 5th against WBO welterweigh titleholder Jesse Vargas. (AP Photo)
After weeks of rumors and speculation, reports have surfaced that Manny Pacquiao is indeed returning to the ring this November, and it will indeed be to challenge reigning WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas.
ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo confirmed the reports, saying that the fight was set following a meeting between the eight-division world champion and Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum.
Pacquiao will fight Jessie Vargas on Nov 5 in Vegas— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 10, 2016
After meeting Bob Arum last night in Makati Fight between Pacman and Jessie Vargas is on - Nov 5 in Vegas . Manny will do all training here— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 10, 2016
The fight will take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same venue where Pacquiao stopped old rival Erik Morales twice. Pacquiao will however hold his training camp here in the Philippines and will fulfill his duties as a Senator of the country until the senate goes on break. Long-time trainer Freddie Roach will fly in to head the camp.
Freddie Roach will come to Manila to head training until senate goes on Break . PACQUIAO will continue to do his senate work .— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 10, 2016
Pacquiao will have to make a quick trip to Los Angeles however, for the event's official press conference in September.
PACQUIAO will do a quick us trip for a Presscon on Sept 8 at the Beverly hills hotel in Los Angeles— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 10, 2016
Philboxing.com's Aquiles Zonio was able to get an interview from Pacquiao himself after the fight was set.
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a Nov. 5 fight with reigning WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,”
Pacquiao also commented on training in Manila, saying that he made a promise to attend to his responsibilites as a lawmaker, and intends stay true to that promise.
“My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative works. This is my campaign promise and I’m determined to keep it,”
The General Santos native admitted that while he's now a senator, boxing is still his main source of income.
Pacquiao, 37, has a 56-8-2 career record, with 38 knockouts. In his last fight before his short-lived retirement, Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley for the second time.
The 27-year old Vargas is 27-1 in his professional boxing career, with his only loss coming against Timothy Bradley. In his most recent outing last March, Vargas defeated Sadam Ali to claim the vacant WBO welterweight crown.