At 38 years old and on the first few months of his first term as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao seemed all fit to move one from his glorious career in the ring to take on a new sort of arena, one that is political in nature. Nevertheless old habits die hard; so too then is a warrior’s desire to fight more battles. The moment his promoters at Top Rank Boxing managed to put together another match with a promising new opponent, it’s understandable that Pacquiao would answer the call to action both for himself and to give his countrymen another reason to rejoice – and stop committing crimes for an hour or two.
On the evening of Saturday November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao showed the world why he’s one of the best boxers in history, after defeating American Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision in 12 hard-fought rounds, a mere seven months after his “official retirement” from the ring after trouncing Timothy Bradley for the second time in three meetings, announcing his new priority of winning the then-coming 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections for a Senate seat, and then settling into his new responsibilities while spending time with his family.
But you can’t take the ring out of the boxer sometimes. As early as June, Pacquiao and Top Rank president Bob Arum have floated the possibility of a very fast comeback. The fighting pride of the Philippines even made a point of accepting a fight on times when the Senate is in recess, while holding the lion’s share of his training camp locally so as not to be away from his constituency for long.
Negotiations eventually pegged Vargas, who was carrying the WBO welterweight championship that was once Pacquiao’s, for the Fighting Senator’s return engagement. USA Today brings the highlights of that battle. After sizing each other up in the first round, Pacquiao goes on the attack and managed to floor Vargas with his left during the second round, though his opponent was quick to get back on his feet. From there the advantage swung one way or the other with each succeeding round, as most of the Vegas audience repeatedly chanted Manny’s name all the way to the final round, with only bleeding eyebrows and no further knockdowns to show, but still an obvious win for Pacquiao and a vindication of his strong intent to return.
It was also a big upper from the disappointment of the undercard match featuring fellow Filipino Nonito Donaire who lost unanimously to Mexican Jessie Magdaleno. Manny Pacquiao certainly seems in sturdy shape for a new campaign in the world of boxing parallel to his work as politician.
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