Manny Pacquiao beats Jessie Vargas to win welterweight title in boxing return

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Pacquiao celebrates his victory over Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates his victory over Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas as he becomes WBO welterweight champion at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/L.E. Baskow

We are always happiest when the Filipino boxer is in our sights for all the right reasons, and this is definitely one of them! Manny Pacquiao made a successful return to the boxing ring, pounding Jessie Vargas to win the WBO welterweight title via a unanimous decision.

The Las Vegas bout went the full 12 rounds on Saturday but Pacquiao (59-6-2) was the superior fighter as the 37-year-old ended his short-lived retirement in victorious style.

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Pacquiao’s opponent Vargas already feeling the pain during the match

Pacquiao retired following his victory over Timothy Bradley in April before he was elected to the Philippines Senate a month later, but the lure of boxing was too strong.

And Pacquiao’s return to the ring attracted a keen onlooker, with rival Floyd Mayweather – who is retired – an unexpected guest ringside ahead of a potential rematch, following the pair’s blockbuster showdown won by the latter in May last year.

Filipino Pacquiao hit the ground running at Thomas & Mack Centre, flooring his 27-year-old opponent (27-2) in the second round with a quick left-hand counter.

Manny Pacquiao continued to look comfortable from that point, showing signs of his trademark speed, despite a brief stint outside of the ring.

Vargas did manage to find some rhythm but Pacquiao was largely untroubled as chants of “Manny!, Manny!” echoed around the arena.

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