By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Manny Pacquiao decided to add one more title to his resume as he fought for Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao was the favorite but at this stage in the PacMan’s career, age could become a factor. Pacquiao does have another day job as a Senator in the Philippine Congress and at 37, the speed and quickness can quickly disappear.
After a non-eventful first round, Pacquiao speed took hold as he nailed Vargas with right hooks and a straight left that sent Vargas down for an eight count in the second round. Vargas looked more angry than hurt as he arose from the floor, but PacMan drew first blood.
Throughout the third and fourth round, Pacquiao aggression was having its effect as his combinations were fast and hard. Vargas didn’t seem to have any answers. During the sixth round, Vargas stood his ground as he landed big rights as he put distance between himself and Pacquiao. Vargas found that as long as he kept Pacquiao at a distance, he could make this a competitive fight. Vargas left jab proved effective and allowed him to connect with straight rights.