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PACQUIAO - VARGAS FIGHT: A BOUT THAT'S A TOUGH SELL
("Since Vargas is not well known, it’s a difficult sell even with an attractive undercard. “Anything north of 600,000 buys would be a big night,” Arum said. “I’m hoping he makes money like the Manny of old.” he added)
[RELATED: Hillary Clinton wishes Pacquiao well in fight]


NOVEMBER 5 -Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jessie Vargas pose at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, for their Saturday bout for Vargas' WBO welterweight title. (Loren Townsley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
The hook for Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight is that he’s the fighting politician, as eager to take on problems in the Philippines as he is to take on other welterweights in the ring. Unfortunately for Pacquiao, at this stage of his career he needs a hook to sell his fights. Pacquiao meets a likable but relatively unknown Jessie Vargas on Saturday, with a piece of the welterweight title at stake. In the past that might have been enough to excite boxing fans, but Pacquiao is aging and so is his appeal. He probably should have retired after not showing up for the biggest fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather Jr. He certainly should have retired after getting elected to the senate in the Philippines, where he’s an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte. READ MORE...RELATED,
Hillary wishes Pacquiao well in fight...

ALSO: Pacquiao, in stunning comeback, dethrones Vargas
(Pacman is new WBO welterweight champion after outlasting Varga)
[RELATED Boxing: Pacquiao reclaims WBO title for third time]


NOVEMBER 6 -Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) | mb.com.ph
Pacman is new WBO welterweight champion after outlasting Vargas Senator Manny Pacquiao proved he still is a boxing legend after easily snatching the WBO Welterweight championship from Jessie Vargas in his highly anticipated ring comeback in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6 in the Philippines). The three judges gave the unanimous decision to Pacquiao, earning 118-109, 114-113 and 118-109. Pacquiao also made history as the first sitting legislator to become a champion in the ring, straddling the line between sports and politics. READ MORE...RELATED,
Boxing: Pacquiao reclaims WBO title for third time...

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New WBO welterweight champ -Pacquiao tames younger, taller Vargas


NOVEMBER 6 -Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila). | AP Photo/Isaac Brekken
LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao fought barely looking like a 37-year-old, stalking Jessie Vargas and outgunning him to become the new WBO welterweight champion in front of a packed crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Pacquiao, proving he has no problem fighting significantly taller opponents, peppered the 5-foot-10 Vargas with his signature left straights to complete the dominant win. The scores were 118-109, 118-109, 114-113 all for Pacquiao, who reclaimed his old WBO diadem in front of a 16,132-strong crowd that included rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao gives away $1 million on tickets
[RELATED: Magdaleno dethrones Donaire, stays unbeaten]


NOVEMBER 5 -Manny Pacquiao waves to fans during his official weigh-in at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on November 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas for his title on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP LAS VEGAS–It’s easy to understand why Manny Pacquiao keeps on fighting. He’s generous to a fault. For this fight against Jessie Vargas alone, Pacquiao has spent $1 million (roughly P48 million) for 2,000 tickets given away to friends, relatives and fellow politicians. That’s a huge amount, considering that he’ll not be receiving the guaranteed $20 million for his third fight against Timothy Bradley in April. According to sources, Pacquiao will be receiving an undisclosed flat rate plus a percentage of the revenues from The Legend vs The Champ fight card promoted by Top Rank Inc. READ MORE...RELATED, Magdaleno dethrones Donaire, stays unbeaten...

ALSO: Pacquiao built for the kill: The eight-division world champion is primed for the fight that would chart his boxing destiny


NOVEMBER 5 -Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks during a news conference at The Wynn Las Vegas on November 2, 2016. Pacquiao will challenge Jessie Vargas of the US for the WBO Welterweight Championship on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI
LAS VEGAS—They’ve trained long and hard. Sweated it out beyond exhaustion. Attained optimum form. Yet the struggle isn’t over for Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas. They still have to endure the torturous mind games. Whatever they’ve poured into training camp still needs to be funneled into a basin, ready to be spilled out on fight night Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather shows up at Pacquiao fight, watches ringside
[RELATED:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits ringside for Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas; Was the retired champ on a scouting mission?]


NOVEMBER 6 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches "#PacVargas" from ringside | Dino Maragay
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. tried to steal the spotlight at the Thomas & Mack Center here Saturday (Sunday in Manila) by showing up shortly before Manny Pacquiao took the floor against Jessie Vargas. Mayweather, accompanied by an entourage of bodyguards, made his way his seat at ringside much to the chagrin of those in attendance. As he walked down the aisle, Mayweather was met with boos from the 16,132-strong crowd that packed the arena. He was then spotted chatting with former champion Timothy Bradley, who was working at the broadcast panel as an analyst, then exchanging pleasantries those around. READ MORE...RELATED, Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits ringside for Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas Was the retired champ on a scouting mission?...


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Pacquiao fights Jessie Vargas in bout that’s a tough sell


Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jessie Vargas pose at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, for their Saturday bout for Vargas' WBO welterweight title. (Loren Townsley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 (INQUIRER) Associated Press / 02:42 PM November 05, 2016 - The hook for Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight is that he’s the fighting politician, as eager to take on problems in the Philippines as he is to take on other welterweights in the ring.

Unfortunately for Pacquiao, at this stage of his career he needs a hook to sell his fights.

Pacquiao meets a likable but relatively unknown Jessie Vargas on Saturday, with a piece of the welterweight title at stake. In the past that might have been enough to excite boxing fans, but Pacquiao is aging and so is his appeal.

He probably should have retired after not showing up for the biggest fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather Jr. He certainly should have retired after getting elected to the senate in the Philippines, where he’s an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Yet he plods on, partly because he reportedly needs the money. He got a few million dollars to fight Timothy Bradley in April but is fighting on percentages against Vargas, so the sales pitch is necessary.

Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, held out the possibility this week of a rematch with Mayweather, saying he has been told that Mayweather has been back in the ring sparring recently. But the first fight took five years to make and it seems a stretch to think Mayweather would come out of retirement to fight Pacquiao once again.

Still, Roach says he’s convinced Pacquiao has one or two more big fights left in him.

“Manny’s like the old Manny now,” Roach insisted after spending a month training Pacquiao in the Philippines. “I like this Manny a lot.”

To Pacquiao’s credit he did look re-energized in April when he beat Bradley in the third fight between the two men. It was his first fight since losing to Mayweather, a loss he blamed on a bad shoulder that has since been surgically repaired.

But the fight with Vargas is a tough sell, which is why promoter Bob Arum stacked the undercard with competitive fights and is selling tickets for as little as $50. Arum is also selling the pay-per-view himself after HBO declined to take part in the distribution of the fight, and Pacquiao’s purse will largely depend on how well it does.

“Anything north of 600,000 buys would be a big night and he’d make a lot of money,” Arum said. “I’m hoping he makes money like the Manny of old.”

Arum, of course, is way overestimating what the fight will do, but his job as Pacquiao’s promoter is to get people interested. Since Vargas is not well known, it’s a difficult sell even with an attractive undercard.

Pacquiao is taking a familiar path for an aging fighter, trying to squeeze a few more fights in before finally hanging up his gloves. He’s got the right to fight whoever he wants, but fight fans also have the right to vote with their wallets on the matchup.

“He is a champion (Vargas holds the WBO version of the welterweight title) so you can’t underestimate him,” Pacquiao said. “But I still feel fresh and young.”

Vargas will be fighting in his home town and is taller than Pacquiao. He’s also full of confidence after stopping Sadam Ali in March for the WBO version of the 147-pound title.

“When I defeat Manny Pacquiao they will see that I beat a good Manny Pacquiao who is still performing at the highest level,” Vargas said. “That’s the Manny Pacquiao that I want to beat.”

The real problem for Pacquiao isn’t his opponent, though Arum could have easily put undefeated Terrence Crawford in the ring against him instead of Vargas. It’s that he turned off a big portion of his fans in a stinker of a fight against Mayweather and will probably never get them back.

He used to sell a million pay-per-views whenever he stepped into the ring. But he barely sold 300,000 for his fight against Bradley, and this one doesn’t figure to do any more.

The fight features an attractive undercard that includes Nonito Donaire against Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez vs. Hiroshige Osawa, and Shiming Zou vs. Prasitsak Phaprom, all in WBO title bouts.

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Hillary wishes Pacquiao well in fight By Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 6, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Hillary Clinton

LAS VEGAS – Once a self-confessed Manny Pacquiao fan, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – in a video interview by a media outfit – appeared to have no idea that the Filipino icon has an upcoming fight.

When told that Pacquiao is set to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, Clinton offered kind words for the boxer.

“Oh he’s fighting again? Oh well, I wish him well in his fight,” Clinton told Bev LLorente of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau.

Clinton herself is engaged in a tussle, but in the political arena against Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential elections.

During his sessions with reporters here this week, Pacquiao parried questions about his preference between Clinton and Trump, saying he cannot comment on the matter, being a Filipino politician.

“It is up to you Americans to decide (who to vote for),” said Pacquiao.

Clinton, meanwhile, had admitted being a big fan of Pacquiao before.

“Of course, the Pacman is going to win...Is there any doubt?” she once told students at forum in a Manila university in 2009, when asked about Pacquiao’s then-scheduled fight against Miguel Cotto.

Then in 2011, the former US secretary of state commended Pacquiao for pulling off a close decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight.

“We know that Pacman had another great victory. I am a major Pacman fan and in the spirit of his sport and his success, let me say that the United States will always be in the corner of the Philippines,” Clinton said.

This time though, the Democratic presidential nominee did not say she’s rooting for Pacquiao, perhaps aware that Vargas is an American.

For Clinton, simply wishing Pacquiao good luck will do.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao, in stunning comeback, dethrones Vargas  SHARES Share it! Published November 6, 2016, 1:25 PM By MB Online

Pacman is new WBO welterweight champion after outlasting Vargas


Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) | mb.com.ph

Pacman is new WBO welterweight champion after outlasting Vargas Senator Manny Pacquiao proved he still is a boxing legend after easily snatching the WBO Welterweight championship from Jessie Vargas in his highly anticipated ring comeback in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6 in the Philippines).

The three judges gave the unanimous decision to Pacquiao, earning 118-109, 114-113 and 118-109.

Pacquiao also made history as the first sitting legislator to become a champion in the ring, straddling the line between sports and politics.

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Their 12-round clash packed with thrilling punches and combinations from the two pugilists energized the almost 17,000-strong crowd at the jampacked Thomas & Mack Center.

Early in the fight, Pacquiao managed to land a punch on Vargas on round 2 that stunned the latter, making him fall on the ring.

“Ruthless” Vargas also performed strongly, easily hitting Pacquiao hard especially on his face, but Vargas sustained a cut above his right eye on round 8.


Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) | mb.com.ph

But the statistics clearly showed Pacquiao’s imperious assault on Vargas.

In an interview after the fight, Pacquiao said he leaves it to his advisers whether he would have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or face Terence Crawford. Both boxing champions also watched the fight live.

Vargas, meanwhile apologized to his fans for letting them down but nonetheless praised Pacquiao for giving him a fight that, he said, helped elevate his game. He also left to his manager the decision on what to do next.

With the win, Pacquiao improved his standing with 59 wins including 38 knockouts, 6 defeats and 2 draws

Vargas, meanwhile, now has 2 defeats to go with his 27 wins (including 10 knockouts).

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Boxing: Pacquiao reclaims WBO title for third time BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ON ON NOVEMBER 6, 2016 NEWS, THE LATEST NEWS, TODAY'S BREAKING NEWS


Manny Pacquiao (R) knocks Jessie Vargas down with a left in the second round

LAS VEGAS: Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas in his comeback fight on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao systematically dismantled the former welterweight champion despite Vargas’ size and reach advantage.

He used a short right-handed counterpunch to floor Vargas in the second round en route to a one-sided win in front of a crowd of 16,132 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“I feel happy,” Pacquiao said. “I’m trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless.”

Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but he failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years.

All three judges scored the bout for Pacquiao, two of them by 118-109 and the other by 114-113. Pacquiao won the WBO title for the first time in 2010 when he beat Miguel Cotto. He lost it two years later to Timothy Bradley, then got it back by winning the rematch with Bradley in 2014.

He then lost it last year to the now-retired Floyd Mayweather, who had a front row seat for Saturday’s bout.

“Yes I invited him to come tonight,” Pacquiao said of Mayweather.

Asked if he wanted a rematch with Mayweather, Pacquiao said, “We will see.”

Pacquiao said he was retiring following his April 9 two-knockdown victory over Bradley in their third fight.

Pacquiao looked impressive in stopping Bradley, showing that he has recovered from a shoulder injury which hampered him in his mega fight against Mayweather in May 2015.

Pacquiao took seven months off to concentrate on his job as a newly elected politician in the Philippine Senate. After serving his first stint as a rookie senator, he says the fire was rekindled and the stage set for a return to boxing.

On Saturday, both fighters felt each other out as very few punches were thrown in the first round.

Pacquiao was quicker to size up his opponent as the Filipino learned early on that he could counter Vargas’ left jab with a right to the jaw.

Stumbling backwards

That’s what happened in the second round when Pacquiao connected on a right counterpunch that sent Vargas stumbling backwards and onto the canvas.

Pacquiao said he had to respect Vargas’ punching power.

“I’m very careful to go inside because I knew he would counter me. I felt I could do more but every round I tried to knock him out,” Pacquiao said.

Vargas started coming on in the middle rounds. His confidence grew after a strong sixth round which turned out to be one of the few times he was able to trade punches with Pacquiao.

He had a big smile on his face while walking back to his corner after the bell to end the eighth.

“Fighting Manny Pacquiao is like playing a very fast game of chess,” Vargas said. “You have to be alert at all times. He was very fast but I was able to get in a few counters.”

Las Vegas boxing fans showed their love for Pacquiao. Even with a hometown boxer in the ring, the crowd was chanting his name and cheering for Pacquiao to get the knockout.

The two fighters traded heavy blows in the eighth round as Vargas’ face started to show some of the damage from Pacquiao’s potent right hand. AFP afp/nt


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Pacquiao tames younger, taller Vargas By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 6, 2016 - 1:10pm 40 2975 googleplus2 0


Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila). | AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao fought barely looking like a 37-year-old, stalking Jessie Vargas and outgunning him to become the new WBO welterweight champion in front of a packed crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Pacquiao, proving he has no problem fighting significantly taller opponents, peppered the 5-foot-10 Vargas with his signature left straights to complete the dominant win.

The scores were 118-109, 118-109, 114-113 all for Pacquiao, who reclaimed his old WBO diadem in front of a 16,132-strong crowd that included rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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A highlight of the fight came in the second round, with Pacquiao countering a Vargas jab with a perfectly timed left straight that sent the defending champion down.

After the 27-year-old Vargas had a taste of Pacquaio’s power, he started backpedalling, his offense reduced to a counterpunching game.

He later claimed Pacquiao’s punches hardly had any effect on him.

“He didn’t hurt me,” said Vargas, eliciting boos from the crowd. He said he only suffered a flash knockdown in the second canto.

Instead, Vargas, along with many Pacquiao victims before, pointed to the Filipino icon’s speed as the usual culprit for his ordeal.

“Fighting Manny Pacquiao was like playing a fast game of chess. You have to be alert at all times,” he added.

Pacquiao, for his part, said he is satisfied with his performance despite again failing to nail that elusive knockout win.

“I'm so happy with my performance tonight. I wanted to win every round. Walking into the ring tonight as a challenger energized me,”

The Las Vegas-based Vargas would have his moments in the second half of the fight by landing his money punch – the overhand right.

But Pacquiao just shrugged them off, an indication of Vargas’ inferior punching power.

With win, Pacquiao improved to 59-6, with 38 KOs. Vargas tasted his second loss against 27 wins (with 10 KOs).

Pacquiao said he is looking forward to resuming his work as a senator

“I can't wait to get back home to the Senate. It (session) starts Tuesday,” said Pacquiao, who will fly back to Los Angeles and then to the Philippines the next day.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao gives away $1 million on tickets By: Roy Luarca / @RLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:12 PM November 05, 2016


Manny Pacquiao waves to fans during his official weigh-in at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on November 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas for his title on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP


LAS VEGAS–It’s easy to understand why Manny Pacquiao keeps on fighting.

He’s generous to a fault.

For this fight against Jessie Vargas alone, Pacquiao has spent $1 million (roughly P48 million) for 2,000 tickets given away to friends, relatives and fellow politicians.

That’s a huge amount, considering that he’ll not be receiving the guaranteed $20 million for his third fight against Timothy Bradley in April.

According to sources, Pacquiao will be receiving an undisclosed flat rate plus a percentage of the revenues from The Legend vs The Champ fight card promoted by Top Rank Inc.

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Vargas, on the other hand, will get $2.8M outright.

With the lower prices, tickets to the 19,522-seater Thomas & Mack Center, are selling briskly, according to Top Rank honcho Bob Arum.

Despite the absence of HBO, which passed off this time, pay per view sales are expected to rise, hours before the card starts at the home of the UNLV Running Rebels, the 1990 US NCAA Division I champions.

In a mini press conference Thursday, Pacquiao disclosed that nearly 50 percent of whatever he earns from boxing is channeled back to the poor through free housing, hospitalization and other general services programs.

It’s a good thing, sponsors continue to trust Pacquiao’s global marketing appeal. Just this week, Anta, China’s giant sportswear firm, formally announced that it has made Pacquiao a chief endorser.

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Magdaleno dethrones Donaire, stays unbeaten Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 06 2016 11:11 AM | Updated as of Nov 06 2016 11:34 AM


Nonito Donaire lands a right to the head of opponent Jessie Magdaleno during their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen, Getty Images/AFP

(UPDATED) Jessie Magdaleno outworked Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire over the course of 12 rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory and become the new WBO super bantamweight champion on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The 24-year-old Magdaleno took control in the second half of the bout, using body shots to slow down Donaire then landing short, crisp hooks that rendered the Filipino's left eye swollen.

The judges all scored the fight in Magdaleno's favor, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

Magdaleno, repeatedly described as a in the broadcast as a "young lion," stayed unbeaten with a record of 24 wins and no loss. It was Magdaleno's first world championship since turning professional in 2010.

Donaire, meanwhile, suffered the fourth loss of his career against 37 victories.

Bloodied Magdaleno


Nonito Donaire falls short against still unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno

After a feeling out process in the first round, Magdaleno initially took control of the bout in the second, landing repeatedly to the body of Donaire as well as a 1-2 combination to the head of the Filipino. He remained aggressive in the third round, regularly connecting to Donaire's body while also moving out of trouble whenever backed into the corner.

Donaire appeared to turn the corner in the fourth round, when an accidental clash of heads opened up a cut above Magdaleno's left eyebrow. "The Filipino Flash" was quick to take advantage, unleashing jabs and right straights that targeted the bleeding wound. In the fifth round, Donaire landed a left hook to the chin of Magdaleno that the challenger shook off, but Donaire kept pushing forward and would land another straight left later in the round.

Magdaleno's cut man did good work in the break between rounds, however, and the challenger was untroubled by the cut in the second half of the fight. After Donaire landed a chopping right hand to open the sixth round, Magdaleno roared back, using his jab to keep Donaire away while landing his right hooks with regularity.

Action-packed ninth round

The ninth round was arguably the most action-packed, and Magdaleno got the better of it. After Donaire forced Magdaleno to the ropes and landed a well-placed right hook, the challenger countered with shots to the body and the head. Magdaleno forced Donaire to back off, then pushed the Filipino to the ropes where he connected on several unanswered punches.

Donaire wobbled Magdaleno with another right to open the 10th round, but the Mexican fighter was able to stay on his feet.

In the final three rounds, Donaire repeatedly tried to force Magdaleno to the corner, only for the challenger to bob and weave out of trouble every time.

The defending champion managed to get one last good punch in towards the end of the final round, a left straight that bloodied Magdaleno, but it proved too little, too late as the challenger had banked in too many rounds earlier in the match.

Disappointed Donaire

According to reports from ringside, Magdaleno approached Donaire after the decision was read and expressed his respect for the beaten champion, but "The Filipino Flash" was clearly disappointed with the scores.

"We definitely won the fight," Donaire said, as quoted by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. "Losing never crossed my mind. I thought I controlled the second half of the fight."

It was Donaire's first loss since October 18, 2014, when he was brutally knocked out by Jamaica's Nicholas Walters in a featherweight fight that compelled him to move back down in weight.

Since that loss to Walters, Donaire had won four straight bouts, including three by knockout. He was coming off a stoppage victory over Zsolt Bedak last April in a bout held in Cebu City.

Fight statistics showed a much closer fight than the scores indicated. Magdaleno landed 154 of 500 punches, while Donaire landed 132 of 404 punches thrown.


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Pacquiao built for the kill: The eight-division world champion is primed for the fight that would chart his boxing destiny By: Roy Luarca / @RLuarcaINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:50 PM November 04, 2016


Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks during a news conference at The Wynn Las Vegas on November 2, 2016. Pacquiao will challenge Jessie Vargas of the US for the WBO Welterweight Championship on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKI

LAS VEGAS—They’ve trained long and hard. Sweated it out beyond exhaustion. Attained optimum form.

Yet the struggle isn’t over for Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas.

They still have to endure the torturous mind games.

Whatever they’ve poured into training camp still needs to be funneled into a basin, ready to be spilled out on fight night Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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They may be resting and relaxing now, but their spirits are wandering. Looking forward to Friday’s official weigh-in and the battle that would chart their boxing destiny next year, or even permanently.

Pacquiao, the challenger, has been in this situation 66 times (58 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws, 38 knockouts) before.
Vargas, the champion, only 28 (27-1, 10 KOs).

Presumably, it’s the main reason why the aging Pacquiao, turning 38 next month, was installed a heavy 7-1 favorite over Vargas, only 27, in their battle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

Don’t tell that to Pacquiao, however.

The first incumbent senator to aspire for a world title in any sport will retort that numbers hardly matter.

He feels as if he’s just as old as Vargas, who, in turn, claims that he’s prepared to thwart Pacquiao’s attempt to regain the 147-pound crown for the third time.

Pacquiao’s trainer, boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, on Wednesday made his prized ward, the only eight-division world champion, choose between running and working out at the gym Thursday.

A speedster, Pacquiao opted to run for 10 rounds at University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ track oval early
morning to let off steam.

He then ate breakfast, dozed off, had lunch, rested, attended a Christian prayer service graced by Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronaldo “Bato” de la Rosa, before eating dinner and retiring to bed.

On Friday, Pacquiao will be confined at his suite at Wynn hotel, but will allowed to take a short walk in the company of Roach early Saturday, just to loosen up the muscles.

Dewey Cooper said he gave Vargas a break Thursday, but declined to reveal his plans for the last 24 hours.

Just like his trainer, Vargas is very confident of pulling off a shocker over Pacquiao.
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Mayweather shows up at Pacquiao fight, watches ringside By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 6, 2016 - 2:30pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches "#PacVargas" from ringside | Dino Maragay

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. tried to steal the spotlight at the Thomas & Mack Center here Saturday (Sunday in Manila) by showing up shortly before Manny Pacquiao took the floor against Jessie Vargas.

Mayweather, accompanied by an entourage of bodyguards, made his way his seat at ringside much to the chagrin of those in attendance.

As he walked down the aisle, Mayweather was met with boos from the 16,132-strong crowd that packed the arena.

He was then spotted chatting with former champion Timothy Bradley, who was working at the broadcast panel as an analyst, then exchanging pleasantries those around.

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Top Rank chief Bob Arum later disclosed that Mayweather’s appearance came as no surprise

“He (Mayweather) called, he was very nice. He said he wanted to watch so (Top Rank president) Todd (duBoef) got him credentials,” Arum told reporters at the post-fight press conference.

“We seated him at ringside and we got tickets for his entourage,” added the veteran promoter.

Mayweather watched intently as Pacquiao dominated Vargas for 12 rounds to claim the WBO welterweight title.

An interesting scene occurred in the 11th when Pacquiao looked as Mayweather’s direction, as if asking his former rival if he likes what he sees.

Pacquiao himself also revealed that he had a hand in Mayweather’s attendance in the fight.

“Yes, I invited him to come tonight. He's my guest,” the Filipino icon said after hacking out a unanimous decision victory in an impressive display of speed and punching power.

Speculations about Mayweather making his presence felt on Saturday’s fight intensified when Freddie Roach said he indeed expects the former pound-for-pound king to show up.

And when Mayweather actually did, it fueled talks that he is interested in a rematch with Pacquiao, whom he defeated in boxing’s richest fight.

Mayweather has also reportedly resumed sparring recently, another hint of a possible comeback.

But Arum is quick to temper expectations.

“Floyd is retired. I respect that,” he said.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits ringside for Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas Was the retired champ on a scouting mission? By Barry Werner Nov 6, 2016 at 12:01a ET

There wasn't a lot of fanfare heading into Manny Pacquiao's fight with Jesse Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday.

However, one person who knew of the bout and seemed to take an interest was Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The retired, undefeated boxing champion made a grand entrance upon taking a ringside seat for the bout.

This is certainly bound to spark discussion of whether Mayweather is interested in returning to the ring — or just was looking to take in some fights.


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