Manny Pacquiao was triumphant against a game opponent in Jessie Vargas, as the Filipino Senator won with a unanimous decision. He knocked down Vargas in the 2nd round, and there were two other times that the now former champion hit the canvas and was ruled a slip.
In the end Pacquiao won with the scores of 114-113, 118-109, and 118-109.
Here’s a snippet from our recap courtesy of Fraser Coffeen, along with highlights of the contest below:
“Throughout the fight, Pacquiao was clearly too fast for Vargas. He expertly used angles to defeat the size and reach advantage of Vargas, getting inside his long jab, landing combinations, and exiting at an angle to avoid Vargas’s planned counter-punching. There were Vargas successes early, but as the fight continued, Pacquiao figured him out. From there, he never let his foot off the gas, never let Vargas back in the fight, and dominated the second half.
The biggest drama in the fight came early when Pacquiao landed a perfect counter left to drop Vargas in the second. Interestingly, that knockdown meant the difference between a unanimous decision and majority decision, as one very poor card from judge Dave Moretti had it 6 rounds each.”
Down goes Vargas #PacVargas pic.twitter.com/6Kd8UjdQk1— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) November 6, 2016
Pacquiao vs. Vargas #PacVargas #PacquiaoVargas Highlights pic.twitter.com/ugOIdwNyOe— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) November 6, 2016