Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas face off later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
Later tonight, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) meets eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) in an attempt to make a first defense of his belt and also elevate his career to a new level.
Vargas is a heavy underdog, anywhere between 6-1 to 7-1 according to Las Vegas odds makers, but he is not short of any confidence heading into the most pivotal fight of his career. Vargas is coming off of his biggest victory to date, a ninth-round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Sadam Ali this past March, while Pacquiao is returning following an announced retirement that came after his victory over Tim Bradley in their third encounter.