Manny Pacquiao defeats Jessie Vargas, claims welterweight belt
LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao, made a successful return to the ring when he outclassed WBO Welterweight Title holder Jessie Vargas with a dominant unanimous decision victory.
The scorecards read 118-109,118-109 and 114-113 in favour of the Filipino dynamo, who barely betrayed any ring rust despite being out of action for a while.
Vargas found himself heavily outmatched in terms of skill for much of the bout, but the fight also re-inforced the notion that Pacquiao, although supremely skilled as ever, just isn’t the knockout machine that he once was.
As there are still some murmurings about a potential rematch between them after their ‘Fight of the Century’ drew flak from all quarters.
Pacquiao blamed the loss on a torn rotator cuff, for which he sought surgery after the fight, while Mayweather was accused of delaying the fight until Manny was presumably past his prime as a fighter.Despite the massive payday that the fight yielded both fighters, fans were left largely unsatisfied with the bout.