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Pacquiao: I Have Agreed To Fight Jessie Vargas on November 5

Manny Pacquiao has made things official, as he confirmed confirmed on Tuesday that he is coming out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.

The 37-year-old Filipino, who has won world titles in eight weight divisions, made the announcement after meeting with his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank in Manila on Tuesday.

"Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas," Pacquiao said in a statement. "Boxing is my passion. I miss what I'd been doing inside the gym and atop the ring."

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After winning a unanimous decision against American Timothy Bradley in April, Pacquiao had said he would retire to focus on his political career.

Pacquiao was elected to the Philippine senate in May but even before taking office, he said he was open to fighting again.

"Boxing is my main source of income. I can't rely on my salary as public official. I'm helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn't ignore them," he said.

The American 27-year-old Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) said last week he was in talks with Pacquiao's camp to hold a fight in Las Vegas and Pacquiao's manager Michael Koncz confirmed a promotional tour for the fight would be held from September 8-10 in Los Angeles.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) said he would return to the Philippines straight after promoting the fight to keep up his political duties.

"My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative works. This is my campaign promise and I'm determined to keep it," said Pacquiao.

During his previous stint as a congressman in Philippines the House of Representatives before being elected to the upper house, Pacquiao faced criticism for being among the top absentee lawmakers.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mzembe on 08-12-2016

[QUOTE=Fangedgrowl;16938221]Another ***** nutt swinger, now a Ward Rider or Crawford caresser . Shut up , the fight is made. He is fighting and your man is not.[/QUOTE] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Whatever name you wanna call me the fact is Pacman the juicer…

Comment by Golden Boi 360 on 08-10-2016

Did anyone actually believe any other fight would be made? This was the most predictable fight in recent memory.

Comment by Mike D on 08-10-2016

Wait a minute so I just saw that it might not be on HBO? Would Showtime try to get in on this? And if not them, then who?

Comment by Mike D on 08-10-2016

[QUOTE=crazed_z06;16936995]I love manny .. my favorite boxer over the past 10 years or so.. but I'm really starting to not be a fan anymore. After he stunk up the Floyd fight and now that he keeps taking these lame fights…

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