Pacquiao Returns to Top Independent PPV Show Against 140-lb Titlist Vargas
As boxing betting fans know, one of the greatest fighters of his generation, eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao was presumed done with his pro boxing career earlier this year when he won a senate seat in his native Philippines.
Like many others, Pacquiao could not resist the lure of competition; the fame and fortune his fighting career has brought him. A philanthropist by nature, Pacquiao has many more noble causes filling his agenda than the sweet science, but with senate in recess, Pacquiao wanted a good bout to mark his return from a nineteen month layoff.
The 37-year-old southpaw will face WBO Junior Welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to the delight of boxing betting fans.
Vargas, 27, is coming off his most impressive win in March; a ninth-round TKO over the then-unbeaten betting favorite Sadam Ali which won him the WBO 140-lb title belt. Previously, he went the distance with former Pacquiao rival and top pound-for-pound fighter Timothy Bradley, nearly finishing the gassed former two-division champion late in the contest, but dropping a unanimous decision.
Previously, Vargas defeated contenders Josesito Lopez, Wale Omotoso, Khabib Allakhvierdiev, and Anton Novikov in close, hotly-contested bouts. By all means: give Vargas a good match-up and he'll run with it, scrapping all the way despite being a good boxer at range. At heart, he is nothing but a fierce competitor who must earn his wins every step of the way.
Pacquiao, once a terrifying knockout artist, has not registered a T/KO since November 2009 against Miguel Cotto. He is at a size disadvantage, as he has been consistently throughout his career, and is the older man by a decade. Yet, he's a massive favorite on paper.
Pacquiao's ability to land punches from surprising angles, create openings, and thoroughly control the ring action has put him in as a favorite. He showed no sign of ailing reflexes in his trilogy-completing win over Bradley in April, and even with his busy schedule, still enters as a conditioned athlete with over-the-top explosiveness. Only the smartest fighters in Floyd Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Erik Morales have ever outthought him in his near twenty-two year pro career. If his body still obeys his commands in even the slightest sense, this one comes off as a probable mismatch. Check the sportsbook for current odds.
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