Boxing betting: Experience to be deciding factor for Manny Pacquiao against dangerous Jessie VargasPublished November 3, 2016
At the tender age of 37, Manny Pacquiao will challenge current 147-pound belt holder Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) on Saturday in a pay-per-view event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2) was recently elected to the senate in his native country, but has found enough time in his schedule to train for an exciting return to the ring just a few months since his April retirement announcement. The online bookmakers are making Pacquiao a heavy 1/9 favourite, with Vargas the 11/2 underdog and once again the Filipino holds the aces.
When it comes to Manny Pacquiao, the same has always been true that his speed is his power. Despite the fact that he hasn’t recorded a knockout in quite a few years now, it’s the shots you don’t see coming that still remain the most dangerous. Even at this advancing stage of an illustrious career, no other active fighter is better at landing punches from awkward angles than Pacquiao, which gives him the edge.
In terms of experience, Pacquiao Vs Vargas is a total mismatch. It’s almost unfair to compare any active fighter to Pacman when it comes to experience. He is the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight weight classes and has a career littered with wins over some legendary names. He has fought and beat almost every style imaginable and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a fighter rise as dramatically in weight as Pacquiao did over a three-year span beginning in 2008, when he captured world titles from 130lb to 154lb.
Pacquiao could find the shots to stop this fight, but Vargas is worthy of respect on the back of solid win last time out and comes with potential. Manny won’t be looking to over-commit and his prowess inside the pocket should be to his advantage in both attack and defence. Stan James are offering 4/6 on a Pacquiao decision win and overall it looks a solid boxing betting tip.
Manny Pacquiao won’t be around forever, enjoy him while he is. The fight will be shown live on BoxNation from around 3am Sunday morning.