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Pacquiao vs Vargas: "Manny made the right choice"

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Despite receiving a ton of criticism from the real bosses of boxing, the often irrational but always passionate die-hard fans of the sport, and not receiving any support from the Home Box Office, Manny Pacquiao, Jessie Vargas and mutual promoter Top Rank, Inc, will be going through with their WBO Welterweight championship bout on November 5, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most of the public censure stems from Manny's decision to face the current Welterweight champion instead of the popular choice, WBC/WBO Super Lightweight titlist Terence Crawford.

According to a very respected member of the boxing community, the Pacman made the appropriate decision.

"I think Crawford wasn't chosen because Terence wants to stay at 140 for right now, and I think Manny wanted to stay at 47," trainer Abel Sanchez recently told ESNews. "Jessie's a very good opponent for Manny, but I think he might be a little too quick and a little too strong for Jessie."

Although the Las Vegas based champ defeated Sadam Ali by way of knock-out in March, the astute boxing coach believes Vargas is not a big enough puncher to beat Manny in November.

"I don't think Jessie will be able to punch hard enough to trouble Manny. But I think it's going to be a great fight. I think Jessie is going to give it his all. Jessie has really proven, in his last two or three fights,to a lot of fans that he's a heck of a fighter. So I'm really looking for a really difficult fight for Manny Pacquiao, but he should win."

While most boxing insiders believe the 27 year old, two-division title holder is worthy of the big assignment, most fans believe him to be the "softer touch" for Pacquiao. Sanchez disagrees.

"I don't think so...I think Crawford is a 140 pounder right now, and isn't quite big enough to compete against the guys at 47. Manny's already settled in at 47, he feels comfortable at 47, he's very strong at 47, and I think Manny's still too fresh for Terence Crawford, even though he's getting up in age."

"Now, give Terence another three or four fights, and it's a different story."


The head trainer for Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin feels the Pacquiao vs Vargas paying customers will be very happy with their PPV investment on November 5.

"I think if Manny has an off night, Jessie can beat him. Manny will have to bring his A-game to beat Jessie. The Vargas fight is a good fight, and a 60/40 fight, with Manny having the 60% edge. But Jessie is going to trouble him, he's just not a big enough puncher to win."

"Should be a very good fight."


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