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Vargas: I want to beat Pacquiao at his best

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Vargas: I want to beat Pacquiao at his best ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas promised not to waste his opportunity as he aims to score an upset win over Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.In an interview with PhilBoxing, Vargas said that he is more excited than tense to face the eight-division world boxing champion Pacquiao on Sunday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.“I want to keep climbing, this is the fight I was expecting since I was a child. I will fight with a well-respected and well-known figure, one of the best in the world, and this is my chance,” Vargas said.“Once I beat Pacquiao I will be given a lot of respect and receive recognition to my career. There is a very small list of fighters who have become legends by beating Pacquiao. (Erik) Morales and (Juan Manuel) Marquez did,” he added.Vargas also noted that he is fortunate to fight Pacquiao in his prime despite the Filipino ring icon’s hiatus from boxing after a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley last April.“From what I saw in his last fight with Bradley, I think he was still at his best. I’m glad Manny is in good time in his career, because then no one will have any excuse. I want to beat the best Manny Pacquiao,” Vargas said.“I like challenges and I want to prove to people what I’m made of and that’s why I’m happy with this fight,” he added. “I will become a legend myself and he will continue his legacy as a senator. It is a win-win situation for both of us.”This will be Pacquiao’s first boxing match since announcing his retirement after defeating Timothy Bradley for the third time in April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Pacquiao has a 58-6-2, 38 KOs win-loss-draw ring record. However, he has lost three of his last seven fights: against Bradley, Mexican Marquez and retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.Meanwhile, the Las Vegas-native Vargas, who captured the WBO welterweight title by beating Sadam Ali last March, boasts an impressive 27-1-0, 10 KOs win-loss-draw ring record./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img

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