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PACQUIAO: "I WON'T BE OVERCONFIDENT AGAINST VARGAS"


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Senator Manny Pacquiao is the best bet to win in the WBO welterweight champioship against titleholder Jessie Vargas. The reason is so simple - Pacquiao easily defeated Timothy Bradley twice and Bradley won over Vargas by unanimous decision.

Another plus factor for the Filipino boxing icon is the fighting style of Vargas as the Mexican-American is expected to slug it out all night long. It is the boxing technique that suits Pacquiao's preference.

?Yes he?s good for my style but I won?t [be] overconfident. I won?t take lightly this opponent. I want to make sure that I?m in 100 percent condition. That?s why I train hard,? said Pacquiao as quoted by RingTV.com. ?I know his style, so we know what we?re going to do. I know what I?m going to do to him."

Pacquiao is set to establish another accomplishment - the first sitting senator to win a world boxing title. "My goal is, I want to get another title. This coming fight, Vargas is the champion so I want to get the belt again.?

The fighter younger by ten years could not be belittled. But his experience of 28 bouts and 189 rounds is nothing compared to the senator's 66 bouts and 431 rounds. ?Jessie Vargas is a good fighter; he?s an A-level fighter. These guys are Triple-As, Marquez, Morales, De La Hoya, Barrera. Jessie?s not there yet,? said Pacquiao?s trainer Justin Fortune in RingTV.com.

Vargas has been dreaming of facing world renowned boxers like Pacquiao. "I want to keep climbing, this is the fight I was expecting since I was a child. I will fight with a well-respected and well-known figure, one of the best in the world, and this is my chance," Vargas told Boxing Scene.

He wished to be in the small list of fighters wh defeated the eight division world champion. "Once I beat Pacquiao I will be given a lot of respect and receive recognition to my career. There is a very small list of fighters who have become legends by beating Pacquiao. Morales and Marquez did."

Vargas wanted to fight Pacquiao while still in his prime. "From what I saw in his last fight with Bradley, I think he was still at his best. I'm glad Manny is in good time in his career, because then no one will have any excuse. I want to beat the best Manny Pacquiao. I like challenges and I want to prove to people what I'm made of and that's why I'm happy with this fight."

He hopes that a win will turn himself into a boxing legend. "I will become a legend myself and he will continue his legacy as a senator. It is a win-win situation for both of us," added Vargas.


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