LAS VEGAS -- A good fight.
That’s how Top Rank CEO Bob Arum described the coming Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas title matc h for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at the Thomas & Mack Center on Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, Manila time).
“I can assure you it t will be a good fight,” said Arum during the final news conference last Wednesday.
“Both Manny and Jessie will come prepared and I expect the fight to not last the 12-round route. Somebody will fall but I don’t know who,” added Arum in an interview with People’s Tonight.
Arum also dismissed reports that the Pacquiao-Vargas match is one fight that “nobody wanted.”
Arum claimed that tickets are selling like hotcakes and that only less than 2,000 remained unsold.
“Most of the unsold tickets are those in the cheapest section at $50 each,” the Harvard law graduate said. “And we expect them to also be all sold out come fight night.”
Tickets to the Pacquiao-Vargas championship event are priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50.
Arum attributed the sudden surge in ticket sales to the WBO titlist’s rise in popularity, especially in the Hispanic community in the United States.
“The Mexicans, the Puerto Ricans and other Hispanic groups will come in droves to cheer for their idol (Vargas) and fill the 19,500-seater Thomas & Mack Center.
“Vargas is an Olympian and is loved by everybody here in America,” he said. “He is educated and speaks good English and good Spanish as you might have noticed in the press conference.”
“Manny likewise allayed fears expressed by some quarters that he won’t be ready to fight because of his dual roles as a senator and a fighter.
“At first, boxing fans were wary of Manny’s situation that he might not be able to prepare well for the fight because of his dual role,” Arum said.
“But we sent a television crew to Manila to record the goings on in his preparations and they saw for themselves there’s nothing to worry about. Manny is a real pro and has a good work ethic.”
Pacquiao and Vargas pronounced themselves ready to do battle during the meeting with media men and both predicted victory.
The three additional world championship fights on the pay-per-view that feature four-division world champion Nonito“The Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his WBO junior featherweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender Jessie Magdaleno and newly-minted WBO featherweight champion and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez making his first title defense, against Japanese No. 1 contender Hiroshi Ogawa likewise helped sell tickets, Arum said.
The pay-per-view telecast will open with the rematch between top-rated contenders Chinese Olympic icon Zou Shiming and Prasitak Papoem of Thailand battle for the vacant WBO flyweight world title.