After his brief hiatus from, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time via unanimous decision. He defeated Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday (US Time).
Pacquiao knocked Vargas down during the second round. The three judges scored the bout in favor of the Pinoy boxer, with two scoring it 118-109 and one 114-113.
Vargas compared their fight like a ‘chess match’ during the post-fight press conference.
"I think it was a very close fight, it was a chess match. Back and forth we were on our toes trying to catch each other. His speed surprised me at the beginning and that woke me up,” he said.
"It was a flash knockdown in the 3rd, he has tremendous speed. Sometimes you get caught with those quick shots you don’t see and it knocks you down. We are only improving. I apologize if I let the fans down but I tried my best and we are only getting better. Fighting Pac only elevated my game and it makes me better,” he added.
Pacquiao on the other hand said that he was careful in knocking his opponent down.
"I feel happy because I’m trying every round to knock him down but not being careless. I'm very careful to go inside because I know he will counter me. I feel I can do more but every round is to try and knock him out. I'm going back to senate and the next fight I talk to Bob (Arum).”
The new WBO welterweight champ also said that as of this moment he still doesn’t have an idea who will be his next opponent. When asked about Floyd Mayweather Jr., he said, "I don’t know, whoever the people want me to fight, I am not picking an opponent, whoever my promoter gives me I will fight. Anybody at 147 (welterweight)."