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27 MAY 2018

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Vargas Vs Pacquiao

WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas defends his title against Manny Pacquiao at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night and SecondOut’s writers once again put their reputations on the line to predict the outcome.


See below who our writers believe will be victorious.

I have been a fan of Vargas’ since he was a young prospect. I think he is overachieving in the eyes of many, but he has shown excellent ability, but he simply is not a stand out in anything excluding grit. His speed, power, and skill are all average at the world class level. Pacquiao’s speed, particularly of foot, should be enough to win a comfortable decision. I see Pac-Man darting in and out on his younger foe. Vargas will press on the only way he knows how and have to rely on his power, which is not a fight changing X-factor for him. Both fighters will land, but Pacquiao lands a lot more. A bruised Vargas puts on some late round heroics, but loses on the cards widely.



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Derek Bonnett





This Saturday in Las Vegas, Jesse Vargas will face Manny Pacquaio in what will be the biggest fight of his career. For an aging Pacquaio, it’s just another day at the office, anyone who follows boxing knows you can’t count Pacquaio out. His career has spanned over 20 years dating back to 1995, and he has proved us wrong on more than one occasion. The speed of Pacquiao and power may have deminished a bit, but even with that, his experience can still prove superior compared to many of today’s fighters. Jessie Vargas is considered a good fighter, but many doubt he has the goods to score the victory. In my opinion, I think Vargas is underrated. True, Pacquiao may have over a decade more of experience in the ring than Vargas, but Vargas has experience too and knows what he will be facing Saturday night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Pac fan, I know what he is capable of. I also know he is in stellar shape, Ray Beltran has been sparring with him before he arrived in Vegas. I think this will be a great fight to watch, I also think we will be suprised with the results. Surely I will catch some guff for this, but I see Vargas pulling off a stunning win, a late round stoppage, perhaps round 10. I remember picking Tyson Fury when he beat Klitschko and was nearly tarred and feathered for it.

Vargas TKO, rd 1

Ron Valderrama






With the greatest of Hall of Fame fighters, a time comes when their only truly formidable remaining opponent is Father Time. The trick to beating such fighters is to catch them when Father Time does. Boxing has many cases where once-great fighters finally lost as age caught up. For Pac, that isn’t yet. Manny wins a hard-fought decision.


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  1. R. Jowett








Pacquiao still has some left in the tank and looked good against Bradley in his last fight. Vargas is riding high after the big stoppage of Sadam Ali. I think he’ll put up a good fight against Manny but will not be able to overcome the combination punching from all angles, coupled with the sting Pac-Man adds to it. I see Vargas lasting the distance, but on the wrong end of the decision.


Pacquiao W Pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA


Jessie Vargas has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime. Last summer, he was within seconds of earning a shock knockout win over Tim Bradley. Prior to that, his skill set and ability to adapt to his opponent had shown great improvement over a handful of bouts. He now has the chance to gain momentous ground with a win over the legendary Manny Pacquiao, but can he pull it off? To beat the Pac Man, he needs to be either outboxed or simply outfoxed. It’s hard to see Vargas patiently trying to do so over 36 minutes. He’ll sure as Vegas try, though.


As time wears on, however, Manny will begin to connect more and more and with greater efficiency. As we’ve seen, Vargas packs a hard punch but he’s also been easy to hit as well. Pacquiao will take advantage somewhere around round seven onward after already having four or more rounds in the bag by that point. A late round stoppage by the game and courageous Jessie’s corner isn’t out of the question, but a resounding unanimous decision win for the Pac Man is most likely.


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Marc Livitz





As we head down the stretch of what has been considered by many as the “worst year of boxing” in quite some time. On Saturday Night, fans are asked to spend good money on a fight that represents more of the problem than the solution. For the past decade Manny Pacquiao’s name on a marquee represented one of the four biggest nights of the year. The other three are when he and Floyd Mayweather entered the ring in separate bouts. And then then finally fought on May 2, 2015, and many boxing fans still can’t help but feel duped for contributing to the biggest money grab in sports history.


Mayweather retired, and we’re supposed to take Pacquiao’s unretirement seriously. It makes it tough when he is set to fight one of the few welterweights in his promoter’s stable, Jessie Vargas. The other of course being Tim Bradley. Whether or not you feel Vargas is worthy of this assignment depends on how you feel about his clash with Bradley in 2015. Vargas was a beaten fighter, but he landed a huge shot that had Bradley wobbling as time was running out in the final round. The referee waved off the bout prematurely, as he thought he heard the final bell. Vargas rebounded to take a title against previously undefeated Sadam Ali in his last bout. He is a good but not great fighter, and this is a huge step-up in class.


I personally won’t pay for this card. At this point I would rather watch college football and follow the results on If Pacquiao wants me to contribute to his retirement again, he needs to knock-out Vargas and then call out Terence Crawford next. Anything less, and I will continue to view him as a politician who lost my trust in 2015.


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Jason Pribila

Bethlehem, USA



Although he took a brief time off to take part in his political office, Pacquaio’s return isn’t a comeback from retirement.

Vargas by no means is a push over and he should be able to have a few moments against Pacquiao. His size will show, but size against Pacman doesn’t seem to make a difference , ask Delehoya and Margarito.

We will need to see how much fire Pacquiao has left as he gets older and in twilight of his career. He should be fast enough and his angles should make things difficult for Vargas. I see Pacquiao leading all the way and his punches having an effect on Vargas face halting him in the championship rounds.

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Andy Rivera

Albuquerque nm USA






Vargas = 1

Pacquiao = 6

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