Arum says rematch with Mayweather likely
FILIPINO boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao arrived in Manila on Tuesday, November 8, to continue his legislative duties after dominating Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas during their match at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao reclaimed his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title after defeating Vargas via unanimous decision last Saturday, November 5.
The Filipino boxer won on all three scorecards, 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109, in his comeback fight after his several months of retirement from boxing to focus on his senate duties.
In a ringside interview, Pacquiao said he is very happy regarding the outcome of their match but expresses a little regret for being unable to knock Vargas out.
He then thanked his fans and the Filipino people for their support.
Meanwhile, for Vargas, his fight with Pacquiao was like a “chess match.”
“We were on our toes trying to catch a big shot. He caught me a couple of times, I caught him a couple of times. It was an entertaining fight,” Vargas said.
“It was very interesting for me. It’s a good learning experience being against one of the best such as Manny Pacquiao. This automatically elevated my game and I know I have more potential,” he added.
Asked about his next match, Pacquiao said he doesn’t know yet who’s going to be his next contender.
“I don’t know, whoever the people wants to fight me. Whoever my promoter gives to me, I will fight,” Pacquiao said.
On the other hand, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Monday, November 7, that there’s a 75 percent chance that Pacquiao will have a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The retired American boxer earlier surprised the crowd as he made an unexpected appearance at Thomas & Mack Center to watch Pacquiao’s match.
In May 2015, Mayweather was declared the winner by a unanimous decision in his match against Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and announced retirement later in September.