Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38) might be heading towards his 38th birthday, and may have retired earlier this year, but he rolled the clock back big time earlier today as he reclaimed the WBO Welterweight title and dominated Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10).
From the opening round it looked like Pacquiao had all the tools to reclaim the throne as the best Welterweight on the planet. He seemed far too quick, too sharp and too powerful for Vargas, who looked game throughout but could never match the ability of Pacquiao.
The success of Pacquiao, from the opening round, seemed to be focused on him landing his vaunted left hand which Vargas had little answer for. Whilst Vargas did have some success with his own right hand it was limited success, and only a shot here or there whilst he was forced to take a steady stream of shots from Pacquiao, ranging from the thunderbolt left hand to various hooks, uppercuts and even the occasionally nasty jab.
The power of Pacquiao was visible through out. He dropped Vargas in round 2 with massive left hand, left Vargas swollen around the right side of his face and had him wobbling at various times in the latter stages.
Whilst in total control going into the latter rounds Pacquiao seemed to put on cruise control and hold back rather than let his hands really go with bad intent. It seemed, on a number of occasions, that if he had gone for the stoppage he'd have manage to force it, with Vargas's senses looking scrambled at several points.
Whilst Vargas was thoroughly out boxed and outfought he did show some fire, some willing and never gave up trying to land his right hand. Sadly though Vargas' inability to consistently land his right hand, control the bout with his jab or force his fight allowed Pacquiao to almost get away with cruising to the victory.
Two of the cards had Pacquiao winning the bout clearly, a result that most saw, amazingly however one judge had the bout amazingly close with just a point between the two men, a crazy score-card. Sadly that third card could end up being a major talking point with the bout it's self unlikely to live long in the memory, despite the fact that it's seen Manny Pacquiao being crowned a world champion once again.
For Pacquiao the future seems like a ring return in 2017 is likely whilst Vargas will go back to the drawing board, but will almost certainly be back himself at some point during the next 12 months.
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