In Photo: Jessie Vargas avoids hit from Manny Pacquiao (Photo Courtesy of AFP)
By Angela Christa Coloma
AGE was not a concern for Manny Pacquiao as he sealed the win against Jessie Vargas to clinch the WBO welterweight title November 6 at the Thomas & Mack center in Las Vegas.
Coming out of a year-long retirement following his campaign and victory for a seat in the Philippine Senate, Pacquiao won the match via unanimous decision at 118-109, 118-109 and 114-113.
For Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s match promoter, the 38-year-old Filipino boxer’s shape during the match was “remarkable”.
“As far as [Pacquiao’s] age is concerned, age is just a number,” he said in the post-match conference.
A left hook from Pacquiao knocked Vargas down during the 2nd round. This was also the first time Vargas was knocked down in his entire career.
After a hard right-hand blow to Pacquiao’s face by Vargas, Pacquiao surged with a counterattack that left Vargas face bleeding in the 8th round.
Vargas attributed speed as the Filipino boxer’s advantage and said he found it hard to land attacks on Pacquiao.
“He’s very quick on his feet,” Vargas said.
Pacquiao now has a career record of 59 wins in his record along with 6 losses and 2 draws. 38 of his wins came from knockouts. Vargas now has a career record of 27 wins and 2 losses.