[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast Saturday at the Cotai Arena in Macau, Manny Pacquiao scored six knockdowns on his rout over American Chris Algieri during their fight. Ultimately, Pacquiao won by unanimous decision, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103, in a lopsided battle to retain the WBO Welterweight Title.
Algieri came into the fight as a relative unknown, but earned his shot at Pacquiao by putting on a comeback performance against Ruslan Provodnikov, Pacquiao’s former sparring partner, and taking the WBO Junior Welterweight Title. Many ringside observers questioned whether Pacquiao would be able to handle Algieri’s craftiness, but those concerns were set aside when Pacquiao displayed his power and speed to cut off the ring from Algieri.
On the undercard, two Mexican fighters squared off for the WBA Junior Welterweight Title. The champion, Jessie Vargas, successfully defended his title against Antonio DeMarco, staying undefeated. Vargas began training with former Light Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. to improve his power and those advancements were definitely on display against DeMarco.
Vargas’s performance was impressive enough to catch the attention of some in the crowd who are eyeing him to fight Pacquiao in case negotiations with Mayweather fall through. Vargas remains undefeated and could be a viable alternative to Mayweather, as his style is more fan-friendly. But due to boxing politics, the fight may be impossible to make, since Vargas is managed by Al Haymon, who has a less than friendly relationship with Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum.
However, the only fight that boxing fans truly care about is a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown. This is a potential fight that has been hyped for years and seems to be the only matchup frustrated boxing fans will accept.
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