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Manny Pacquiao cruises to unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas

Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) used footwork and quickness that was lacking in his May 2015 bout with Floyd Mayweather to take a unanimous decision victory over Jessie Vargas (27-2-0, 10 KOs) yesterday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Despite the fact that Pacquiao, 37, was fighting the WBO welterweight champion in Vargas (27-2-0, 10 KOs), a man 10 years his junior, it was Vargas who appeared to tire from the seventh round on.

The judges scored it 114-113, 118-109, and 118-109.

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Both fighters were cautious early on, but Pacquiao stunned Vargas with a straight left knockdown in the second round.

Vargas got up and tried to take it to Pacquiao, but was unsuccessful until the sixth round, where he finally tagged Pacquiao with a power right hand and arguably got the better of one of the best exchanges of the fight.

But Pacquaio regained control and Vargas started to tire.

“The Pacman” also appeared to score a knockout in the eleventh round with a counter right hand, but it was ruled a slip by Kenneth Bayless.

Mayweather, who retired from boxing after defeating Pacquiao in 2015, watched the fight ringside.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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