Pacquiao to fight Vargas in Nov.

Manny Pacquiao AFP PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao AFP PHOTO

LOS ANGELES: Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

“Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what training and fighting does for him.”

After Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley on April 9, he announced he was retiring from the sport to devote more time to his political career. He was elected to the Philippine Senate in May.

He announced several weeks ago that he would fight again. The record eight-division world champion’s next fight will be on November 5, his promoter Bob Arum said.

Arum is looking at holding the fight in Las Vegas or Dubai. He tweeted last week that he was talking to a group from the Middle East that wants to host Pacquiao (58-6-2).

American Vargas (27-1-0) said Friday he is in talks with Pacquiao’s camp to hold a fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center arena in Las Vegas.

Koncz told the Times that he would travel with Arum to Philippines next week to meet with Pacquiao and pick a site.

“That’s the essence of the meeting,” Koncz said. “Not choosing an opponent. That’s already done.”



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  1. Besides, the Manny Pacquiao known for his knock out punches and great performance has long been retired. His fights are all just for the money, nothing exciting and thrilling to see him fight. Can’t wait to hear the same old lines of koncz and arum that manny is again 100% ready to knock out his opponent. (which you never see)

  2. Regardless of your reasons Mr. Senator before the elections you said that you will hang your gloves. Now that you won, you simply cannot keep your words. If your salary as senator is not enough for your lavish lifestyle then you should have not run in the first place. People cannot accept your excuses because unlike other senators who may have other sources of income, Manny Pacquiao is known for his absences and poor performance as member of the congress.