Manny Pacquiao might not have knocked out Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, but the Filipino clearly dominated the American in all departments to clinch the WBO welterweight title on Saturday. The Filipino won the bout via a unanimous decision, with scores reading 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109. This was Pacquiao's first comeback fight after he decided to retire earlier in the year, and the Filipino showed that he is still one of the best boxers in the world.
The fight was expected to be an entertaining contest, with both the boxers known for their aggressive approach. Pacquaio started the bout with a bang in the opening round with some jabs and strong uppercut, and it was evident that the boxer was looking for an early knockout.
Pacquiao, after the fight, stated that he was looking to knock out Vargas, and expressed his happiness over the title win. "My aim every round was to knock him out. I feel happy." Pacquiao said during the in-ring interview.
The Filipino was in awesome form throughout the contest, and did not give much time for Vargas to even settle. Pacquiao's speed and quick hands was too much for Vargas, who was one the receiving end for most of the contest.
Pacquiao looked even more strong as the Filipino got his rhythm, and Vargas was not able to withstand his jabs, flurry of punches and uppercuts. As a result, Vargas became slow on the carpet. Even when Vargas connected some punches, Pacquiao countered with some of his strong offensive moves.
However, one should also applaud Vargas for his fighting spirit as he never gave up, but Pacquiao's class was too much to handle for Vargas, who suffered his second loss in his career.
After this massive win for the Filipino, now the golden question remains – what next for Pacquiao? The Filipino, who has become a Senator in the Philippines, will go back for his political responsibilities, but is open for future fights.
"After this I'm going back to Philippines to go work. But for the next fight, I'll talk to Bob. Whoever the people want me to fight (I will fight). I'm not picking an opponent or choosing anything," said Pacquiao.