Fillipino boxing champion turned politician, Manny Pacquiano returned to the ring at age 38 to reclaim his
World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas in his comeback fight.
This bout was a very important one for the Fillipino champion who lost it to American rival Flyod Mayweather last year. He first won the title back in 2010 beating Miguel Cotto and lost it two years later to Bradley and won it back in a rematch with Bradley in 2014.
Pacquaio took some time off from his senatorial duty to reclaim his title back which retired Floyd Mayweather held last year. Floyd Mayweather was in the front row on Saturday night to watch the fight.
Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years.
All three judges scored the bout for Pacquiao, two of them by 118-109 and the other by 114-113.
Pacquiao was the quicker of the two to size up the opponent as the Filipino southpaw learned early on that he could counter Vargas’ left jab with a right to the face.
That’s what happened in the second round when Pacquiao connected on a counterpunch that sent Vargas stumbling backwards and onto the canvas.