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Manny Pacquaio out-classes Jessie Vargas

Manny Pacquaio looked undeniably like he is still one of the greatest fighters in the world. After his one-sided win over Jessie Vargas, a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr is the only thing that makes any sense.

Manny Pacquaio looked undeniably like he is still one of the greatest fighters in the world. After his one-sided win over Jessie Vargas, a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr is the only thing that makes any sense.

Manny Pacquiao ‘retirements’ and ‘hiatuses’ mean nothing at this point. Upon his return after just a seven month layoff, the Filipino senator out-classed WBO Champion Jessie Vargas in a 12-round title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevaga.

Pacquiao won the fight convincingly. Two judges had the fight 118-109 and the other had it questionably close at 114-113. The later score was nowhere near a representation of the fight. Pacquiao was quicker. He was faster. He was stronger. He was more durable and he was simply the much better fighter on Saturday night. His 27-year-old opponent Vargas has no answers for Pacquiao.

Throughout the fight, Pacquiao pulled off impressive combinations and just looked like the great and ageless champion that we’ve all come to respect as one of the best fighters ever.

Maybe his victory at 37-years-old says more about Vargas, who was supposed to be one of the best up-and-coming welterweights, but the result of this fight only seems to be growing the incredible possibility of a Floyd Mayweather Jr-Pacquiao rematch.

That first fight was marred by the revelation that Pacquaio was fighting with an injured shoulder. The most anticipated clash of two of the pound-for-pound fights in over a decade was supposed to be the fight to save boxing. Instead, it was a fight that turned so many boxing fans away from the sport. It wasn’t full of the action everybody thought. Still, the idea of a rematch between a healthy Pacquaio and Mayweather is the most interesting fight boxing could make. Of course we have the upcoming Sergey Kovalev – Andre Ward fight and should GGG and Canelo Alvarez every book a fight that would too be considered a superfight, but both of those would only serve true fight fans. Mayweather and Pacquaio are the only two in the sport who are part of the mainstream.

Notably, Mayweather was watching ringside at the fight and was visibly impressed with just how dominant Pacquaio was. Coming off dominant wins over Tim Bradley Jr. and now Vargas, a healthy Pacquaio-Mayweather II fight might have enough interest now to make for another massive payday.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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