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Good fight

  • Written by Eddie Alinea
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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.