- Jessie Vargas was picked as Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for his comeback fight
- They’re scheduled to face each other on November 5
- Michael Koncz said they chose Vargas over Terence Crawford because he and Pacquiao decided they aren’t comfortable with Crawford’s style
Manny Pacquiao will come out of his retirement and will face World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5.
This was confirmed by the “Pambansang Kamao’s” longtime adviser Michael Koncz on Wednesday, August 3.
Together with Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum, Koncz is set to arrive in the Philippines next week to meet with Pacquiao.
He clarified that the purpose of the visit won’t include choosing Pacquiao’s opponent for this comeback fight because they’ve already decided that the Filipino boxing icon will face Vargas.
Arum previously revealed that aside from Vargas, unified junior welterweight WBO and World Boxing Council champion Terence Crawford is also one of Pacquiao’s potential opponents.
Both Vargas and Crawford are promoted by Arum.
However, Koncz said that he and Pacquiao decided they aren’t comfortable with the style of Crawford, so they chose Vargas.
He told Los Angeles Times: “I don’t like Crawford’s style. I don’t believe it’s a style that suits Manny.”
Vargas expressed his excitement over the possibility of facing Pacquiao inside the boxing ring.
The National quoted him as saying during the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame function on Friday, July 29: “I am the WBO welterweight champion and he wants to return to fight for this belt. So I am happy to give him a title shot.”
Vargas confirmed that his camp and Pacquiao’s camp are still negotiating the fight.
On his Instagram account, he promised his fans that as soon as the fight gets confirmed, he will give an outstanding action-packed performance that would lead to an entertaining fight.
Pacquiao announced his retirement after facing and defeating Bradley last April to focus on his political career.
However, he opened up recently that he plans to return inside the boxing ring because he really misses boxing.
ABS-CBN News quoted him as saying: “Aminin ko ah (I will admit), boxing is my passion.”