Manny Pacquiao will return to the boxing ring soon, shunning a previous decision of retiring from the sport that made him a global icon. Terence Crawford has been mentioned as a possible opponent but a new name has cropped in Jessie Vargas.
WBO welterweight match in November?
Vargas is the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion and his belt is something that could place him ahead of others who are also eyeing a shot at Pacquiao.
“I am the WBO welterweight champion and he wants to return to fight for this belt. So I am happy to give him a title shot,” said Vargas at a Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame function recently.
Negotiations for a possible fight are in the works though there is a target date for the bout if all goes well. If both sides agree, the fight will take place on November at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Vargas won the title back in March when he defeated Saddam Ali via TKO. He holds a 27-1 card with his only loss being a controversial defeat from Timothy Bradley Jr., Pacquiao’s last opponent.
“I not only want to face him but I want to beat him. Juan Manuel Marquez did it and I want to beat him too, mainly because at his best he was someone who gave many headaches to Mexico fighters,” Vargas added.
Vargas choice over Terence Crawford?
Vargas joins a long list of potential opponents, which include Terence Crawford. The undefeated boxer is a heavy favorite to land a fight with the Filipino boxer though Freddie Roach doesn’t want that match to happen in November, Boxing News Online reported.
A reason behind Roach’s preference not to have the fight this November is training camp. Pacquiao mentioned that it would all take place in the Philippines but believes time could be an issue to properly prepare the eight-time division champion.
Crawford is coming off a big win over Viktor Postol, ironically someone Roach trains. Crawford owns the WBO and WBC super-lightweight titles. If it boils down to either Crawford or Vargas, it is likely that Pacquiao would have to decide which weight-class best suits his return ambitions.