Bob Arum admitted that it would be very difficult to predict the outcome of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But regardless of the winner, Arum said that the fight would have a spectacular ending.
“What I think based on watching them train the mental make up and the way they fight, I don’t know who’s going to win the fight, it’s true,” Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call on Wednesday. “But I really believe one way or the other the fight would end in a knockout.”
Pacquiao, 37, holds a 58-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts, while the 27-year-old American Vargas has a 27-1 record with 10 knockouts.
“They are going to hit each other with big punches for sure. Manny believes that Jessie won’t be able take his punches while Jessie believes he could reach Manny, get through Manny and knock Manny out. It’s a fight that will end up by a knockout one way or the other.”
Arum also warned the fighting senator not to underestimate Vargas who was primed by his new trainer Dewey Cooper.
“Jessie is in the best shape he’s ever been, hitting hard—confident, very, very confident,” added Arum. “During the press conference, he sounded like more of a complete fighter saying that he would beat Manny and knock him out.”
“He’s a confident fighter and his trainer Cooper is equally confident too. It is going to be a terrific fight.”
Arum added that Top Rank has extended its contract with Pacquiao, “Manny’s contract will end in 2017. Yes, it is extended.”
The veteran promoter said that Pacquiao could have more fights if he could keep himself in superb condition.
“If he maintains the mental attitude and the condition he has now, yes. Now, he’s in the best shape and condition just like five to six years ago. Let’s take it one at a time. If Manny comes in and dominates this fight and looks like the old Manny, and wants to continue fighting, there will be certain opponents that will be considered,” said Arum.