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Revenge on Vargas’ mind vs Pacquiao

  • Written by Eddie Alinea
  • Published in Boxing
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DON’T blame World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion  Jessie Vargas for  hating Filipino boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao.

Vargas is facing Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Nov. 5, putting his 147-pound belt on the line and since the 12-round title  fight was announced by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum last month, the Mexican-American champ admitted his dislike for the only man in boxing history to own 10 world championships in eight weight divisions.

Actually,  Vargas is thankful that Pacquiao  gave him  a chance to gain  respect  he’s been seeking since barging into the limelight six month ago when he took a piece of the welterweight crown with a TKO victory in March over previously undefeated ex-Olympian Sadam Ali.

But  the 27 -year-old Los Angeles-born is also  relishing the  opportunity to avenge the defeats  suffered  by several of his countrymen, particularly his idols, future Hall of Famers Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, at the hands of the Filipino hero.

Vargas, who was  only six years old when Pacquiao began his pro career,  is very much eager to turn the table on Pacquiao and cut short the once pound-for-pound king’s reputation as  the :MexiCutioner”
Vargas has never forgotten how Pacquiao destroyed  his Mexican ring heroes, especially  Morales, who, at one time or another, even trained him in the early years of his pro career.
Morales and Barrera are among the great Mexican ring warriors, who were turned to shreds by Pacquiao in many classic battles.
Barrera fought the Filipino twice, losing as  many times, first via TKO in the 11th  round for the Ring Magazine featherweight plum in 2003. He lost in a 12-round decision in a rematch four years later. 
Morales won the first of his trilogy with the Pacman, but wasn’t lucky in the second and third  encounters, dropping a 10th and third round stoppage, respectively.  
“I was hurt when I saw how

Pacquiao beat them, particularly in how the third fight with Morales went down,” said Vargas.
“I told myself  I would sometime get in the ring and beat Pacquiao. It burns inside of me to win  this fight. I will beat Pacquiao to avenge those fights he had with Erik and Marco.”
Pacquiao, who will turn  38 soon, has beaten many excellent boxers worldwide since turning pro in 1995,  including  Ricky Hatton of England, Joshua Clottey of Ghana, and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
The father of five with wife, former  Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee, has been  impressive, too, against Mexican rivals and those of Mexican descent, including Olympic gold medalist  Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Jorge Solis and Oscar Larios.
The Pacman has won four world titles at the expense of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans, including Hector Velazquez, David Diaz, and Marquez.
He also  defended  various championship belts against fighters from south of the US border, including Emmanuel Lucero and Gabriel Mira.