37-year-old Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao dethroned World Boxing Organization champion 27-year-old Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision.
Pacman wins a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109.
Jinkee Pacquiao posted a photo with her husband and writes on her Facebook account, “Congratulations my babe! God is good always. I thank the Lord for an answered prayer, for granting us the victory. Indeed, we are victorious through Him who loved us! I love you i rejoice with you. God is awesome! #afterthefight#Godisgoodandgreat#glorytoGod#grateful”
In an article posted on philboxing.com by Eddie Alinea, states: “The Filipino southpaw, also known as Pambansang Kamao, dropped Vargas to the seat of his pants with a left counter in the second round and went on to reclaim the 147-pound belt he wore twice before.”
“From there, Pacquiao knew he had Vargas’s number, beating him to the punch in all of the succeeding rounds except in four of the 12-round collision, hitting him harder more often.”
In an interview with Stephen A. Smith as posted theguardian.com, Pacquiao shares, “My aim every round was to knock him out.”
Adding, “I feel happy.”
He continued, “After this I’m going back to Philippines to go work. But for the next fight, I’ll talk to Bob.”
Asked on whether he would fight with Crawford or Mayweather, the first-ever senator to have won a boxing title says, “Whoever the people want me to fight,” he says. “I’m not picking an opponent or choosing anything.”
In another news, an article by George Gigney posted on boxingnewsonline.net writes, “Top five next opponents for Manny Pacquiao”.
Enumerated as follows:
5. Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia winner
These two unbeaten welterweight world champions are set to meet in March, provided Garcia gets past unfancied Samuel Vargas this weekend. The winner would then be a prime candidate for Pacquiao and arguably his biggest threat at 147lbs. However, the timelines are unlikely to match as Pacquiao would not wait around that long to fight the Thurman-Garcia winner.
4. Kell Brook
Another welterweight champion, IBF title-holder Brook is coming off of a loss to Gennady Golovkin up at middleweight. Getting back to welter would be a struggle for Brook, but he insists he can do it for the big fights, and they don’t get much bigger than Pacquiao. Brook’s brave showing against ‘GGG’ has seen his stock rise and the enormity of the event has enhanced his profile.
3. Vasyl Lomachenko
Pacquiao has reportedly claimed he could drop to 135lbs and meet fellow pound-for-pound entrant Lomachenko. The fight would pit two of the sport’s most elite operators against each other and would be a major test for both.
2. Floyd Mayweather
You would watch a rematch. Even though their first encounter was dull, a rematch between these two superstars is still the biggest event that can be made in boxing right now. Floyd was ringside for Pacquiao’s win over Jessie Vargas, sparking speculation that the pair could fight once again.
1. Terence Crawford
Crawford has been tipped for stardom for a while now, and a changing of the guard fight against promotional stablemate Pacquiao is high up on a lot of fight fans’ wish lists. Crawford has already proven himself one of the best fighters in the world but a win over a living legend would turn him into a pay-per-view star.