By Ryan Burton
When Jessie Vargas (27-1) faces Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2) on November 5th, it will be his second fight under the guidance of former cruiserweight contender Dewey Cooper. Their first fight together was a rousing success. Vargas entered the ring against Sadam Ali as the betting underdog and left with a 9th round knockout victory and the WBO welterweight title around his waist.
Now the stakes are much higher. A victory over Pacquiao would catapult Vargas into another stratosphere in the boxing world. Cooper is fully aware of this and plans on sticking to the same formula that worked so brilliantly in March.
"I'm taking it like any other fight. We are going to prepare Jessie Vargas to be successful. Of course we are blessed, we are honored and we are very happy to have a fight of this magnitude but the goal is still the same - to conquer our opponent and we shall do that to Manny," Cooper stated.
Cooper said that while the victory over Ali was important, the goal is always to improve and raise their game. He said that they won't be resting on their laurels and that the task is made easier because Vargas is a willing student.
He believes that the best Jessie Vargas is yet to come.
"We are going to always elevate. That is our philosophy and our mind state going into every fight so we are going to keep elevating. Which means to get better and means to improve. Jessie doesn't have an ego to feel like he has reached the absolute best of himself and I definitely haven't mastered myself at this point - so we are just going to keep getting better and keep training harder, smarter, more frequent and keep moving in an upward spiral," Cooper told BoxingScene.com.
Pacquiao-Vargas takes place November 5th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details about the pay-per-view distributor are expected to be announced in the near future.
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