Close to a year after announcing his retirement, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring as a challenger to welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas this Sunday, November 6 in Manila (Saturday, Nov. 5 in US) in Las Vegas.
In their first face off for the media this week, Pacquiao, 37, said he was “honored” to be challenger to Vargas, 27.
Vargas said, however, that he was not leaving anything to chance as he and his team prepared for his title defense against a legend in the sport who once wore the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt, one of eight championship belts he owned in his storied career.
Pacquiao was WBO welterwweight champion from 2009 to 2012, which included three title defenses, and in 2014-2015 with one title defense, according to boxingscene.com.
On Saturday, Nov. 5 (Friday in the US) Pacquiao and Vargas tipped the scales.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) weighed in at 144.8 pounds while Vargas(27-1, 10 KOs) at 146.5 pounds.
A bonus to the main event is the fight between “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24,KOs), who will defend his WBO super bantamweight title, against undefeated Jessie Magdaleno (23–0, 17 KOs). Both weighed in for their bout.
Donaire was 121.8 pounds, while Magdaleno weighed 121.25 pounds.
The Pacquiao-Vargas event, dubbed
“Resurgence”, is being promoted by Top rank, in association with MP Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate.