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VARGAS TOUTS ADVANTAGES OVER PACQUIAO
[RELATED: EARLIER REPORT - HBO, MGM Grand decline handling Pacquiao’s comeback bout]


OCTOBER 12 -Although a huge underdog against Manny Pacquiao, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas says he’s heading into the fight of his life armed with several advantages. Time, the 27-year-old Vargas stressed, is on his side, being 10 years younger than Pacquiao. "I am younger, bigger, stronger,” the champion told Philstar.com in an email coursed through Lee Samuels, a longtime Top Rank Inc. publicist. At 5-foot-11, Vargas possesses a significant height advantage over the 5-foot-5 Pacquiao which he believes will also spell the difference. According to Samuels, Vargas has put together his “Dream Team” for his showdown with Pacquiao. Heading his corner is chief trainer Dewey Cooper, who will be aided by cutman Rafael Garcia and strength coach David Hayes, a nephew of Dewey. READ MORE...RELATED, EARLIER REPORT - HBO, MGM Grand decline handling Pacquiao’s comeback bout...

ALSO: Roach vows to slam door on unwanted gym visitors


OCTOBER 12 -Freddie Roach | Philstar.com /Dino Maragay, file photo
Freddie Roach has had enough of the people flocking to the Pasay City gym where Manny Pacquiao is training for his fight with Jessie Vargas. After being sidelined last Thursday by a mild cold that worsened into a flu, Pacquiao is expected to resume training at the Elorde Gym within the Mall of Asia complex on Monday night. This time, Roach said security will be tightened in terms of allowing spectators into the gym. He said Pacquiao could’ve contracted the cold virus from one of the many fans sneaking into the gym to catch a glimpse of the Filipino icon. "Lots or people are coming daily to watch Manny, bringing virus due to frequent climate change. Everybody gets sick every day," Roach told veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao cramps in sparring, but team not worried


OCTOBER 13 -Manny Pacquiao shown here sparring. Photo from Pacquiao's Instagram page. Manny Pacquiao is known to suffer cramps and it showed up again last Tuesday while he was sparring for his comeback fight. The Filipino boxer began experiencing cramps in the sixth round of his session with unbeaten boxer Jose Ramirez. “But the good thing was he didn’t stop,” assistant trainer Jonathan Peñalosa told Boxing Scene.
Pacquiao is scheduled to return to the boxing ring on November 5 as he challenges 27-year-old Mexican-American Jessie Vargas. The two will dispute for the WBO welterweight crown. His strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune isn’t worried about the Filipino suffering cramps in the middle of the bout. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather on Pacquiao vs Vargas: May the best man win; refused to predict winner


OCTOBER 14 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. | AP
Floyd Mayweather Jr. refused to predict the winner for the upcoming tussle between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas. Instead, the retired Mayweather wished both fighters the best, even as he pointed out that Pacquiao is one of the best opponents he’s ever fought. "May the best man win. Out of all the fighters that I've faced throughout my career, Pacquiao is one of the best fighters,” he said in a video posted on fighthype.com. Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in what turned out to the most financially successful boxing match in history. So far, he has stayed retired and focused on his new role as a promoter. But he will always remember the Filipino icon for his remarkable combination of speed and power. “His (Pacquiao’s) movement, I mean, he's fast. The power comes from the legs and how he turns his shots," added Mayweather. Nevertheless, Pacquiao’s gifts weren’t enough to beat the best pure boxer of this generation.FULL REPORT

ALSO: Pacman training enters crucial stage
[RELATED: Manny Pacquiao tucks into terrifying breakfast of huge fish with razor-sharp teeth]


OCTOBER 15 -Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has intensified his preparations for his upcoming match with American boxer Jessie Vargas as his training entered its crucial stage. A report on GMA News' Unang Balita on Friday said Pacquiao has been doing six rounds of sparring to prepare for his fight scheduled on November 5. "Pick up na kasi malapit na yung fight. Patindi na nang patindi yung sparring pahaba na nang pahaba yung rounds so by next week yung heavy sparring talaga baka mag 10, 12 rounds na kami,” Pacquiao said. Vargas has previously boasted that he would knock out Pacquiao within eight rounds, but the Filipino pride only shrugged this off. "That's easy to say but hard to do. That's impossible. God is with us!” he said. READ MORE...RELATED,
Manny Pacquiao tucks into terrifying breakfast of huge fish with razor-sharp teeth as training for his comeback fight against Jessie Vargas...


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Vargas touts advantages over Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas | AP

MANILA, OCTOBER 17, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay October 10, 2016 - Although a huge underdog against Manny Pacquiao, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas says he’s heading into the fight of his life armed with several advantages.

Time, the 27-year-old Vargas stressed, is on his side, being 10 years younger than Pacquiao.

"I am younger, bigger, stronger,” the champion told Philstar.com in an email coursed through Lee Samuels, a longtime Top Rank Inc. publicist.

At 5-foot-11, Vargas possesses a significant height advantage over the 5-foot-5 Pacquiao which he believes will also spell the difference.

According to Samuels, Vargas has put together his “Dream Team” for his showdown with Pacquiao. Heading his corner is chief trainer Dewey Cooper, who will be aided by cutman Rafael Garcia and strength coach David Hayes, a nephew of Dewey.

READ MORE...

Vargas, a native of Las Vegas, will stake his WBO welterweight diadem against Pacquiao on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center, which he believes is another advantage.

“I have the right team and I am fighting in my hometown Las Vegas. What can be better than that?" he added.

Samuels said Vargas is training like a madman at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas everyday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., determined to pull off an upset over Pacquiao.

“Jessie [also] runs on the Lee Canyon Trail, which is asphalt and goes sharply upward for five miles,” Samuels told Philstar.com.

“While finishing his running on Lee Canyon Trail, he makes a sharp left turn and goes up a dirt mountain trail where he does jumping jacks and other exercises,” he continued.

Vargas is coming off a TKO win over Sadam Ali last March to win the WBO welterweight belt, which, interestingly, was also held by Pacquiao and Vargas’ lone conqueror Timothy Bradley.

He said he is best prepared to notch the biggest win of his career.

"I have the team I always wanted, the one to beat Manny," Vargas said.

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RELATED EARLIER NEWS FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK (AUGUST 2016)

HBO, MGM Grand decline handling Pacquiao’s comeback bout Published August 31, 2016 3:55pm

Senator Manny Pacquiao's boxing comeback this November will no longer be at the ring of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A report by Chino Trinidad in Balitanghali on Wednesday said that the venue of Pacquiao's match against American boxer Jessie Vargas will be at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Most of the boxing icon's major bouts, including the "Fight of the Century" with Floyd Mayweather, had been held at the MGM Grand.

The change was due to a conflict of schedule, the report said.

Meanwhile, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that major television network HBO will not be airing the fight and that they are still seeking an alternative distribution partner.

HBO declined to handle the bout because they are set to air the match between pound for pound fighters Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

"Definitely it's not going to be HBO. HBO had a contract and decided to pass because it was two weeks in front of their Ward-Kovalev fight," Arum said.

Boxing analyst Sam Cooper suggested that the rejection of Pacquiao's bout was due to the boxer's motives.

"Pacquiao's comeback screams of someone returning for a paycheck and no other reason. It's not that though there's some pressing need for Manny to defeat a fringe champion like Vargas and nobody on Team Pacquiao appears to be all that concerned with unfinished boxing business," Cooper said in his blog.

However, Pacquiao said that it was his passion that caused him to come out of retirement.

"Alam mo, diyan ako tumanda, lumaki sa boxing. Siyempre 'yan ang hilig ko. Kumikita ako ng pera, pero kasama na rin 'yan, hindi naman pwedeng hindi ka bigyan ng premyo," he said.

Pacquiao retired from the sport after his victory over Timothy Bradley last April to focus on his duties as a politician. —Jessica Bartolome/KG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Roach vows to slam door on unwanted gym visitors (philstar.com) | Updated October 10, 2016 - 1:39pm 3 179 googleplus0 0


Freddie Roach | Philstar.com /Dino Maragay, file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has had enough of the people flocking to the Pasay City gym where Manny Pacquiao is training for his fight with Jessie Vargas.

After being sidelined last Thursday by a mild cold that worsened into a flu, Pacquiao is expected to resume training at the Elorde Gym within the Mall of Asia complex on Monday night.

This time, Roach said security will be tightened in terms of allowing spectators into the gym.

He said Pacquiao could’ve contracted the cold virus from one of the many fans sneaking into the gym to catch a glimpse of the Filipino icon.

"Lots or people are coming daily to watch Manny, bringing virus due to frequent climate change. Everybody gets sick every day," Roach told veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com.

READ MORE...

The multi-awarded trainer, however, isn’t pushing the panic button, saying Pacquiao’s illness is only minor and there’s nothing to worry about.

"Today's cancellation of training is merely precautionary, precisely to avoid serious repercussion," Roach added.

He said he and the rest of Team Pacquiao decided to cancel Monday’s afternoon training to allow the boxer added rest.

"Manny waited to proceed with the remaining schedule but the training team was unanimous in deciding to forego the afternoon session," said Roach.


ABS-CBN

Pacquiao cramps in sparring, but team not worried ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 13 2016 10:08 PM


Manny Pacquiao shown here sparring. Photo from Pacquiao's Instagram page.

MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao is known to suffer cramps and it showed up again last Tuesday while he was sparring for his comeback fight.

The Filipino boxer began experiencing cramps in the sixth round of his session with unbeaten boxer Jose Ramirez.

“But the good thing was he didn’t stop,” assistant trainer Jonathan Peñalosa told Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao is scheduled to return to the boxing ring on November 5 as he challenges 27-year-old Mexican-American Jessie Vargas. The two will dispute for the WBO welterweight crown.

His strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune isn’t worried about the Filipino suffering cramps in the middle of the bout.

READ MORE...

“He really needs to drink a lot of water and needs to increase potassium and magnesium intake,” said Fortune. “It is not serious and that’s not an injury. I’m not worried.”

He added that Pacquiao will only need to avoid a few things so that the cramping won’t happen during fight night.

“What's important is he knows already what he did wrong and it happened today, not in the fight,” said Fortune.

“That’s a minor issue I mean. There’s always things that popped up in the training camp,” Pacquiao’s personal adviser Mike Koncz said.

“We had cramps before. He played basketball and did sprint in the morning, so it is not an issue.”


PHILSTAR

Mayweather on Pacquiao vs Vargas: May the best man win By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated October 11, 2016 - 12:24pm 10 557 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. | AP

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. refused to predict the winner for the upcoming tussle between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas.

Instead, the retired Mayweather wished both fighters the best, even as he pointed out that Pacquiao is one of the best opponents he’s ever fought.

"May the best man win. Out of all the fighters that I've faced throughout my career, Pacquiao is one of the best fighters,” he said in a video posted on fighthype.com.

Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in what turned out to the most financially successful boxing match in history. So far, he has stayed retired and focused on his new role as a promoter.

But he will always remember the Filipino icon for his remarkable combination of speed and power.

“His (Pacquiao’s) movement, I mean, he's fast. The power comes from the legs and how he turns his shots," added Mayweather.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao’s gifts weren’t enough to beat the best pure boxer of this generation.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Pacman training enters crucial stage Published October 14, 2016 3:42pm

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has intensified his preparations for his upcoming match with American boxer Jessie Vargas as his training entered its crucial stage.

A report on GMA News' Unang Balita on Friday said Pacquiao has been doing six rounds of sparring to prepare for his fight scheduled on November 5.

"Pick up na kasi malapit na yung fight. Patindi na nang patindi yung sparring pahaba na nang pahaba yung rounds so by next week yung heavy sparring talaga baka mag 10, 12 rounds na kami,” Pacquiao said.

Vargas has previously boasted that he would knock out Pacquiao within eight rounds, but the Filipino pride only shrugged this off.

"That's easy to say but hard to do. That's impossible. God is with us!” he said.

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Meanwhile, sparring partner Jose Ramirez could not help but be amazed at Pacquiao’s strength and speed.

"He showed good speed with his lateral movement. He moved around really well. He showed better defense today than the previous sparring sessions. He has tremendous speed. His power got better too,” Ramirez said.

Pacquaio also had two sparring rounds with undefeated fighter Prabjath Singh.

Coach Freddie Roach is confident that Pacquiao would win against Vargas. He even said that Ramirez is better than Vargas.

"It was one of his best days in sparring with Jose so far. It was a good six rounds. Jose is a really tough kid. He keeps coming. He's very strong and I actually think he's a lot better than our opponent so I like what I see,” Roach said.

Team Pacquiao is scheduled to fly to the United States on Oct. 22, two weeks before the fight to be held at the Thomas & Mack Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. — Erwin Colcol/RSJ, GMA News

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RELATED FROM DAILY MAIL, UK

Manny Pacquiao tucks into terrifying breakfast of huge fish with razor-sharp teeth as training for his comeback fight against Jessie Vargas By ALEX MARTIN FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 11:51 GMT, 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 14 October 2016


Manny Pacquio makes easy work of his huge breakfast and that terrifying fish

•Manny Pacquiao's comeback fight against Jessie Vargas is on November 5

•The Filipino enjoyed a mean-looking fish as part of a huge breakfast

•Pacquiao manages his training schedule alongside his political duties

•His opponent Jessie Vargas is the current WBO welterweight champion

When it comes to meticulous preparation, few can claim to be more focused than the eight-division world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.

After retiring from boxing in April to concentrate on his political career, however, he will certainly have some sharpening up to do if he is to beat the WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 5.

Perhaps that is why the Filipino chose the breakfast he did on Friday morning.

The 37-year-old posted a picture on his Instagram account showing a meal that looks a lot scarier than it does tasty.


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