Koncz: Pacquiao vs. Vargas is the perfect fight

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By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao and World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will give the fight fans the fight they want to see on November 5 in their match at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pacquiao vs. Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) fight will likely be a more entertaining fight than Pacquiao vs. Terence Crawford, a fighter that was one of the options for Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) to choose from.

The difference between Vargas and Crawford’s style of fighting is like night and day. While Vargas will be coming forward to slug all night long against Pacquiao, Crawford likely would have been moving constantly, looking to counter punch, and not standing in place for any length of time.

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Arum: Pacquiao is ready for Mayweather after Vargas


By Eric Baldwin: Manny Pacquiao is fighting WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5, not because of his World Boxing Organization title or for the money that he’ll be getting from the fight on pay-per-view. The reason why Pacquiao is taking the fight against Vargas is to stay ready for a potential big rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. That’s what Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank is saying.

If the former eight division world champion Pacquiao beats Vargas, then he’ll be in the perfect position to face Mayweather next year if he comes out of retirement. Mayweather says he wants to get a nine-figure payday when/if he comes back looking for win No.50. While Mayweather recently mentioned wanting to fight UFC star Conor McGregor, the only realistic chance he has of getting that kind of payday is against Pacquiao, not McGregor.

McGregor reportedly wants a 50-50 deal for a fight against Mayweather, which means there’s no way that Mayweather will be able to get a nine-figure payday fighting that guy. Only against Pacquiao does Mayweather have a chance of getting that kind of money, but he needs to come back next year.

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Pacquiao makes disappointing choice

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By Leigh K. Seto: Manny Pacquiao as a young up and coming fighter was a dynamo only comparable to Roberto Duran himself. He was taking out not just hall of fame fighters like Cotto, Margarito and Hatton, but also legends like Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar Dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez. He garnered respect of the public and the world over.

Unfortunately, that fighter has been laid to rest. He has become the corporate with Bob Arum and those challenges are so far gone now, it’s just folk lore.

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Pacquiao: I’m fighting Vargas because he is a champion


By Allan Fox: Manny Pacquiao upset a lot of boxing fans on Wednesday when he revealed that he’ll be fighting WBO light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 12 KOs) in his next fight on November 5. Some of the boxing public wanted to see Pacquiao fight Terence Crawford, while others wanted to see him face the likes of Keith Thurman. Vargas is a good option because he’s a world champion, and he looks to be improving from the performance he put in against Tim Bradley last year. Vargas seems to be sitting down more on his shots than he used to in the past, and this will make him a threat to beating Pacquiao on November 5th.

Crawford was obvious choice simply because he’s in the same Top Rank stable as Pacquiao and he’d been mentioned as an option for Pacquiao by their promoter Bob Arum. If Arum had included other guys like Thurman, Danny Garcia or Adrien Broner, then one of them likely would have been the preferred choice for Pacquiao instead of Crawford.

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Kellerman tears into Pacquiao for fighting Vargas


By Chris Williams: Max Kellerman in his ESPN role as a commentator tore into Manny Pacquiao today for his decision to fight for a world title against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 instead of choosing to move down in weight to fight WBC/WBO 140lb champion Terence Crawford.

Kellerman believes that Pacquiao chose the Vargas fight because it was the easier fight for him than the Crawford match-up, which Kellerman sees as a potential 50-50 affair. Kellerman says that Pacquiao vs. Vargas fight is a “money grab” on Pacquiao’s part or at least it looks like money grab.

What Kellerman fails to see is that there’s no real reason to fight Crawford, because he’s A. not a pay-per-view attraction B. There’s no upside in fighting him because he’s not well known C. Pacquiao won’t get credit from the casual boxing fans for beating Crawford D. Pacquiao would be risking a much, much bigger money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. by taking the small money fight against Crawford.

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Manny Pacquiao to fight Jessie Vargas – It’s official!


By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao has reportedly confirmed that he’ll be facing World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas for his next fight on November 5 rather than facing Terence Crawford, another one of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s stable fighters.

Pacquiao, Crawford and Vargas are all Top Rank fighters, so the Pacquiao-Vargas fight will be an in house one for Arum where he has his fingers on the gearshift of the promotion. The Pacquiao vs. Vargas fight is expected to take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Arum says Pacquiao’s November 5th opponent not selected yet


By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for his November 5th fight is still undecided, according to his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Arum says he wouldn’t be flying over to the Phiippines next week on August 9 if Pacquiao had already made a choice for his next opponent. However, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the LA Times on Wednesday night that they’ve already made the choice to fight WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas next, not Terence Crawford.

Arum and Koncz are both flying over to the Philippines to talk with Pacquiao. Arum said earlier this week that the reason for him flying over to meet with Pacquiao was to find out which of the two Top Rank fighters – Vargas or Crawford – that he wants to fight. Arum picked them out himself after eliminating Adrien Broner, who he said asked for more money than they were willing to give him.

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Pacquiao wanted Broner as Nov. 5 opponent

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By Chris Williams: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas fight news hasn’t exactly caused a great deal of excitement in the boxing world ever since it was unofficially announced last night by the LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, who got it straight from the horses’ mouth, Michael Koncz, the helper for Pacquiao. However, according to Koncz, Vargas wasn’t the guy that Pacquiao wanted for his November 5th fight.

Pacquiao wanted former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), but he “out-priced himself,’ said Koncz. They really wanted the 27-year-old Broner for the fight, and you can understand why. Broner has the true Mayweather fighting style, he doesn’t run, and he’s got the ability to sell his fights like Mayweather.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas = Tough sell on PPV


By Chris Williams: If Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is going to interest boxing fans to drop $69.99 on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas on HBO pay-per-view on November 5, then he’s going to need to start marketing the fight really hard starting immediately. I cannot see Pacquiao-Vargas being a fight that will bring in a ton of PPV buys.

My guess is the Pacquiao-Vargas fight will be lucky if it hits even 300,000 pay-per-view buys on HBO. The positive for Pacquiao is that he’ll likely get his first knockout since 2009, because I can’t see Vargas surviving for 12 rounds against him. No way.

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Manny Pacquiao to fight Jessie Vargas next! – Breaking News


By Chris Williams: In what has to be seen as a major disappointment for Terence Crawford, he’s been skipped over for a fight against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) once again. Pacquiao will be fighting WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 12 KOs) next, according to LA Times writer Lance Pugnire. He was told today by Pacquiao’s personal adviser Michael Koncz about the news.

The decision for Pacquiao to fight Vargas, 27, has been made! As for Crawford, I guess he’ll have to go back to the grindstone and hope that he can get a big money fight against Pacquiao the next time around if there is one.

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