Pacquiao vs Vargas Preview: Duterte predicts 7th round TKO in favor of Pacman

MANILA, Philippines - It’s the time of the year again where motorists can cruise the historical and iconic EDSA from one end to another in less than 10 minutes and where Philippines’ crime rate is at zero percent. Yes, it will be Manny Pacquiao day once again versus the current WBO Welterweight Champion, Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on November 6, 2016.

Pacquiao vs Vargas Preview

President Rodrigo Duterte has shared his prediction on this match-up, where political ally and one of his senators, Manny Pacquiao will dismantle the young Mexican in 7 rounds. But, boxing analysts think differently. The 37 year-old Pacquiao is highly-favored to win the bout by decision.

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It’s really evident that the 8-Division World Champ has lost his killer instinct or knockout power this decade. Many even say that his focus on boxing has been lessened and diverted into Congress duties. So, he surely will get slower and punch even lighter. That for sure is nothing but a myth!

Even though the fighting senator spent most of his time in the senate since he won the senatorial race last May, please be reminded that he just fought Timothy Bradley a month prior to that. The trilogy ended and favored Pacquiao over Bradley 2-1. Meaning, Pacman is not as rusty as many people think.

However, the young Vargas will be a tough nut to crack for Pacquiao. Bannering the record of 27-1 with 10 KOs, the Mexican will definitely give Manny a hard time inside the ring.

There are only two reasons why Pacman will beat Vargas come Sunday morning. First, Experience. Manny Pacquiao has a total of 66 fights versus Jessie Vargas’ 28. Do the math and you’ll clearly see the disparity. This aspect solely goes to Pacquiao without a doubt.

Pacquiao before even dubbed as Pacman, his monicker was the “Destroyer” and “Mexikiller” for he had annihilated all the Mexican boxing greats of this modern era. The likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar Dela Hoya, Antonio Margarito and his arch nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez just to name a few.

But that doesn’t scare Vargas at all. He always thinks that Pacquiao has been knocked out cold by his compatriot Marquez during their fourth face off in 2012 so he too could replicate it. For Jessie Vargas, Manny Pacquiao is just a mere mortal man, vulnerable and probably beatable. Pacquiao, however can only be vincible if he was slow.

Vargas certainly can hit hard. He had stopped Sadam Ali, a former undefeated pugilist and olympian in 9 rounds way back in April this year to cop the vacant WBO Welterweight title. But the thing is, he hasn’t faced any boxer like Pacquiao who is lightning fast to be specific.

Pacquiao has the ability to evade all the punches because of speed. He can easily turn his body out of his opponent’s reach and range. In basketball lingo, he’s too shifty. Not only he uses his speed on defense, but on offense as well. The almost innumerable volume of punches that Manny throws at his opponent are simply amazing. He might lost his punching power but still, speed kills. He has proven that he’s the quickest boxer in the world along with Sugar Ray Leonard many times. Remember his bout against Dela Hoya? It was a David and Goliath fight literally. But what did Manny do to thwart Oscar’s height advantage? He pummeled the bigger Dela Hoya with flurry and barrage of punches that made the “Golden Boy” quit.

Both Pacquiao and Vargas have faced Timothy Bradley at least once. But the only difference is, the “Desert Storm” gave Vargas his only loss. Technically speaking, Bradley also beat Pacquiao during their first encounter. However, it was a controversial one. Tim admitted that he really thought Manny won the fight because he was outboxed. That scandal though triggered Bob Arum to come up with their own trilogy with Pacquiao winning the last two bouts by schooling the American Bradley.

Aside from President Duterte predicting a kill this Sunday, his long-time trainer Freddie Roach has also given his thoughts on the fight. The former boxer and future hall of famer Coach Roach envisions Vargas on the canvas laying flat on his back in the fourth round. But Pacquiao downplays these types of commendations. He admits that Jessie Vargas is young, fierce, hungry and most of all a great and dangerous boxer.

“Only God knows (what the outcome of the fight will be)” Pacquiao told the media when he was told that Duterte foresees him knocking out Vargas in the seventh round and if he can see and feel the same way too during their arrival ceremony and press conference in Las Vegas. “But we will give what the fans want. A good fight.” Added by the humble Senator.

Fearless prediction: Vargas will kiss the canvas in fourth and sixth rounds and Pacquiao will win by unanimous decision. Sorry but there will be no knockout folks.

Pacquiao versus Vargas, dubbed as “Resurgence” will be aired by GMA-7 on free TV. It will also be available on iWanTV and ABS-CBN Mobile commercial break free for Php999. Show starts at 9am with Nonito Donaire Jr. facing another Mexican and another Jessie but undefeated, Jessie Magdaleno at the co-main event.

Live play by play updates will be provided by The Summit Express.

All the best Senator Manny Pacquiao! Mabuhay ka!

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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