WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is entering the biggest bout of his professional career, and he is looking forward to meeting and getting the chance to defeat an all-time great in the ring while he is still competing in top form.
Vargas is set to defend the WBO title against Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5. It will be Pacquiao’s first fight after a short-lived retirement following his April rubber match with Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao won the third fight and, like Vargas, many thought it was Pacquiao’s best performance in years. That does not worry Vargas though.
“Manny Pacquiao’s best performance against Timothy Bradley in his three fights was in his last fight,” Vargas said, via RingTV. “It was only a few months ago and I’m happy he was able to give that performance. That way people can still see when I defeat Manny Pacquiao I will defeat a good Manny Pacquiao that is still performing at the highest level. That’s the Manny Pacquiao I want to beat.”
For Vargas, this point in time is something he has been getting ready for since he was a kid who first got into the sport of boxing. He is not daunted by the task in front of him, he is ready to finally take it on.
“This is where I belong,” Vargas said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was eight years old. This moment is not too big. I’m glad it’s here and I’m going to take full advantage of it. I am so ready. I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve never felt this great, this powerful, this strong, fast. I’m going to win this fight.”
Vargas’ pro record is 27-1, with his only career loss to Bradley in 2015.