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Jessie Vargas: I Will Knock Manny Pacquiao Out!

By Miguel Rivera

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10KOs) is the frontrunner to land an HBO Pay-Per-View opportunity against Manny Pacquiao in the fall.

Their mutual promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has flown over to the Philippines to sit down with Pacquiao and discuss his expected ring return on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Vargas captured the WBO title earlier this when he knocked out Sadam Ali. He's been sitting back and waiting for the Pacquiao negotiations to play out.

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The other candidate in the running is WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, and trainer Freddie Roach, are not in favor of facing Crawford in the fall.

Vargas is already committed to the fight. He only needs confirmation that Pacquiao is on board and Arum is going to work that out on Tuesday when he meets with the boxer and Koncz.

"Ever since my childhood, when Erik Morales lost to Manny Pacquiao, I said 'I'll fight him. I'm going to win and I will knock him out' - and now we are so close that opportunity I feel very fortunate. The road has not been easy to get here," Vargas said to Erika Montoya.

"After everything that happened with (Timothy) Bradley and then with (Kell) Brook, thank God there are still very important opportunities and possibilities for me. Everything is going very well."

"I am a champion now. It is a great honor to fight [Pacquiao], but it's also something I'm looking for because I'm coming in with the desire for a statement, to say I am here with the mentality to knock my opponent out, to not let anyone steal anything from me and show everything I'm capable of. I want to show I'm the best in my division and I want to be a champion for a while."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bambam182 on 08-10-2016

[QUOTE=mathed;16937003]Couldn't drop him once in 3 fights but drops him two times in the 4th, one time knocking him clean out. Pretty damn suspicious man.[/QUOTE] so lunging into the punch had nothing to do with it? pac would survive that…

Comment by Kigali on 08-09-2016

[QUOTE=mathed;16937003]Couldn't drop him once in 3 fights but drops him two times in the 4th, one time knocking him clean out. Pretty damn suspicious man.[/QUOTE] As if Pac isn't suspicious as hell.

Comment by mathed on 08-09-2016

[QUOTE=bambam182;16936295]yeah no kidding. it was the roids marquez was on that magically made manny lunge into his over hand right.[/QUOTE] Couldn't drop him once in 3 fights but drops him two times in the 4th, one time knocking him clean…

Comment by mathed on 08-09-2016

[QUOTE=The tucker;16934598]I noticed lately jessie has been working with that same guy Marquez has been working with and they both started getting acne and hurting fighters all of sudden. For 36 rounds Marquez could not drop manny then in there…

Comment by Kigali on 08-09-2016

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;16935923]He was in the 4th Marquez fight but Juan was on some better quality roids..[/QUOTE] So was Pac....it's just that Roids don't give you defense.

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