Boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao will take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in his comeback fight on November 5, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's manager, told Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that the "Pacman" has chosen to fight the 27-year-old Vargas, who has a record of 27 wins against only one loss.
Pacquiao originally retired after a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley Jr. last April, after which he won a seat in the Philippine Senate.
However, "retirement doesn't suit Manny right now," Koncz told the LA Times.
"Boxing is in his blood," Koncz said. "When he trains, it's like a pressure release valve. You can see a dramatic difference in his mood… it's amazing what training and fighting does for him."
Koncz and Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum are planning to meet with Pacquiao on August 10 to discuss the venue of the fight. Arum has already reserved the Thomas and Mack Center for November 5, but a Dubai venue is also possible.
Vargas won the vacant WBO welterweight title last March after stopping Sadam Ali in the ninth round. His lone loss came at the hands of Bradley in June 2015.
SOURCE: ABS CBN
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