Pacquiao and Vargas Weigh In
Manny Pacquiao and Jesse Vargas’ title bout scheduled for tomorrow night is now official, as both fighters have weighed in today under the 147-pound welterweight limit.
Pacquiao, lineal welterweight champion, weighed in at 144.8 pounds, while Vargas, the WBO welterweight champion, tipped the scales at 146.5 pounds. Both titles will be on the line.
Pacquiao is a former two-time WBO welterweight champion, gaining the title the first time on Nov. 12, 2011, defeating Miguel Cotto. He lost the title on June 9, 2012, after being knocked out by Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao avenged the KO loss and earned back the title from Bradley on April 12, 2014, but lost it again on May 2, 2015, to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Vargas gained the vacant title on March 5, defeating Sadam Ali. Meanwhile, Pacquiao defeated Bradley in a rubber match on April 9. It was promoted as Pacquiao’s final bout, but Pacquiao admitted at the time he may be tempted to get back in the ring one way or another.
"I felt lonely inside because I was no longer active in the sport," Pacquiao said in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports.
Vargas will have the size advantage — he’s five inches taller than Pacquiao — but Pacquiao will have the speed factor on his side.