It won't be Floyd Mayweather, Jr. or Juan Manuel Marquez, but 27-year-old American pugilist Jessie Vargas who will be facing Manny Pacquiao on November 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas for the latter's comeback bout.
Looks like the Pambansang Kamao isn't ready to hang up his gloves just yet, contrary to his pronouncements before running for senator and eventually winning. And despite the lack of pay-per-view takers and dip in projected earnings, Manny seems focused on the task ahead of him.
But is the other guy really worth the hassle? Here is a quick introduction to the man they call "Ruthless":
Vargas' win-loss-draw-record stands at a rather impressive 27-1-0, with 10 of those victories ending in knockouts. He has spent most of his professional career as a light welterweight, undefeated during a six-year run.
He dominated his last fight against then-unbeaten Sadam Ali via technical knockout, winning the WBO welterweight title. Before that, he also had previously held the International Boxing Organization World super lightweight and WBA World super lightweight titles.
His lone loss last year came at the hands of Timothy Bradley, Jr., whom Pacquiao disposed twice (April 12, '14, April 9, '16), some even saying thrice (June 9, '12). "Desert Storm" took control for most of the match, and just had a slight scare in the final round, with Vargas landing a powerful right that shook his opponent.
The two-time Mexican National Champion, two-time United States Junior National Champion, and former member of the Mexican Olympic team also made headlines against Trenton Titsworth in 2008. At one point during the match, Vargas didn't take too kindly Titsworth's peck on his cheek, which resulted in him hitting the latter at break.
Will this be another snoozer or will Vargas finally be able to get some much deserved respect?
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