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Pacquiao confirms Vargas as return opponent

Manny Pacquiao has officially confirmed that he will come out of his short-lived retirement to fight 27-year-old welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.

Manny Pacquiao has officially confirmed that he will come out of his short-lived retirement to fight 27-year-old welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.

Earlier in the summer Manny Pacquiao announced he was coming out of a very sport-lived retirement to fight on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, and he has now confirmed that his opponent will be WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.

Current unified WBC and WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford was viewed as the most likely opponent for Pacquaio in his return, but the 27-1 Vergas was picked for the fight.

Pacquiao will conduct his entire training camp in his home country of the Philippines, where he was recently elected as a Senator, but there will be a promotional tour in the United States from Sept. 8 to 10 in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao rebounded from a poor performance against Floyd Mayweather last year and returned from an arm injury to beat long-time rival Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in April. Vargas lost to Bradley last summer but won the vacant WBO welterweight title in March with a ninth round TKO of Sadam Ali.

After defeating Ali, Vargas as in negotiations to fight IBF welterweight champion in a title unification bout, but the fight fell through after Brook decided to move up to weight classes to fight Gennady Golovkin instead.

Vargas’ loss to Bradley is the only one of his career. Prior to losing to him, Vargas held both the WBA and IBO super lightweight titles. He successfully defended the WBA regular title twice, but Pacquaio would easily be the biggest opponent of his young career. Vargas is only ranked eighth by Ring Magazine in a loaded welterweight division but is only 27 years old and one of the four major world title holders.

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