Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) has chosen his opponent for his November 5th fight date.  The fight will be on HBO PPV, and Pacquiao’s opponent will be WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s).  Perhaps not the most popular choice, Pacquiao said “I chose Vargas because he is a champion”.  Vargas is coming off of a win against Sadam Ali, where he displayed more power then ever before, as he knocked Ali out in the 9th round of their fight, and won the vacant WBO Welterweight tile.  Ali was slightly favored against Vargas because of his Vargas’ lack of power, but Vargas changed up his style, loaded up on his punches, and got the TKO victory.

Pacquiao is being heavily criticized for his choice of opponent, after it was thought that Terence “Bud” Crawford was the frontrunner for the Pacman’s return to the ring.  Crawford wanted the fight at 140 pounds, and it made no sense for him to move up to 147, after just recently moving up to 140.  Pacquiao has gone down from 147 to 140 in the past, so he probably still can do it at this point, but refused to.  Instead he chose the natural 147 pounder, and will fight for the WBO title yet again.  Jessie Vargas in ranked 8th in the Welterweight division by Ring Magazine, which is why people are upset about the move.  If Pacquiao didn’t want to move down to face Terence Crawford, there are a number of more intriguing names that he could have faced, such as Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, or Danny Garcia, who are all ranked in the top 6.  Thurman and Garcia might have been a problem because of promotional issues, but Khan could have been an interesting fight (ranked #3), because of his speed.  Never the less, Manny Pacquiao will face Jessie Vargas for the WBO Welterweight title on November 5th on HBO PPV.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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