As expected, Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KO) has chosen WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10KO) of Las Vegas, Nevada, as his next opponent set for November 5th at the Thomas and Mack Center in the aforementioned city.
Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, confirmed to the LA Times that Vargas was the man after Pacquiao chose not to face Terence Crawford since he is not comfortable with the style of the WBC and WBO champion from Omaha, Nebraska.
Despite Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promoter, has a date reserved in Las Vegas for the fight, an option can be in Dubai. Arum and Pacquiao’s team will discuss that possibility at a meeting set for August 10th.
Koncz also stated they are willing to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in rematch but,”we aren’t going to chase him.”
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, has said numerous times the only reason he and Pacquiao continue active in boxing is to be able to face Mayweather Jr again.
The fight is an attractive one because of Vargas’ style but Pacquiao has beaten Timothy Bradley twice (or arguably three times) and Bradley defeated Vargas despite Vargas almost knocking out Bradley in the last round of their fight last year.
The rematch against Mayweather Jr will no doubt depend how Pacquiao looks against Vargas in November and despite not many fans asking for the rematch or it hitting the 4 million PPV buys their first match up generated, it is more likely the most lucrative fight for Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao at this moment.