Vargas is Cautious, Waits on Official Word on Pacquiao Fight

By Steve Kim

As it stands now, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is the probable opponent for Manny Pacquiao on November 5th - but nothing has been made official.

"I think it's a high probability of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and myself," said Vargas on Wednesday night when contacted by

"Like I said, nothing's for sure until we have a signed contract on both ends. A perfect example is the Kell Brook fight."


It was just a month ago that a welterweight unification bout between Vargas and Brook was being discussed and thought to be well on it's way to completion when suddenly Brook took a fight with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for September 10.

"You have to understand, you're talking to a guy who had a fight where everything seemed official, the entire boxing world thought it was official. The fight just collapsed. That's why I'm cautious about whether the fight's going on or not," said Vargas.

But should he indeed get the assignment to face Pacquiao on November 5th, you could say that all's well that ends well for Vargas.

"This is another opportunity, it's a great fight - assuming that the fight is confirmed, set and sealed - I'm so happy I'll be fighting in my hometown of Las Vegas, where I haven't fought in about three years. So I know that we'll have a great turnout, the stadium's going to be packed. I know my city will be out supporting me and as soon as it gets confirmed, we'll start promoting it and let everyone know in my city and the L.A. area that I'm here to give the fans what they want to see and I'm not here to back down."

For Vargas, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. One that others recently turned down.

"Everyone in the fight world knows I don't back down. It's going to be a great night for us."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JASON SHAW on 08-05-2016

[quote=boxfan83;16922895]i dont think cuellers a pbc fighter. Last i checked his fight vs mares has no future date, sad to say but i think mares injury is worse than what its said to be. Personally, i wouldnt mess with my…

Comment by MrMORENO on 08-04-2016

I disagree with everyone jesse vargas is a very dangerous opponent 4 manny pacquiao especially if he comes prepared like in the fights where he almost knocked out bradley & indeed ko'd #1 contender sadam ali

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 08-04-2016

[QUOTE=hectari;16922903]Is vargas going to run or he gonna trade? He is talking like he will go toe to toe with manny, but even rios didnt press manny and tried to out box him. Shane mosley known for his pressure boxing…

Comment by rrayvez on 08-04-2016

[QUOTE=PittyPat;16922871]Just as crappy as the Algieri fight. :nonono:[/QUOTE] even more crappy. At least algieri came off a win over a respected belt holder in provodnikov. Vargas is coming off beating unknown Sadam Ali for a vacant title he had already…

Comment by nycsmooth on 08-04-2016

Vargas is the easiest of all the fighters mentioned vs Pac, then maybbGarcia, but the only two I wanted to see and there's no way in hell Pac fights them would either be Thurman or Spence and no way past…

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