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Been since Mayweather vs. Pacquiao that we have done a boxing report in 2015 but we will have 2 in the month of November as we have Pacquiao vs. Vargas on November 5th in Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and then 2 weeks later on HBO PPV we have Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward for Kovalev’s WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas also.
This Pacquiao vs.Vargas Card is pretty good also with Top Rank best fighters below. Infomation below via cbssports.com
The Vargas-Pacquiao fight will highlight a four-bout pay-per-view card airing Saturday at 9 p.m.
HBO balked at Pacquiao’s return with another pay-per-view scheduled two weeks later — Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward, so the show is being produced and distributed live by Top Rank and will be available on major cable and satellite systems — as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via http://www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices
Zou Shiming vs. Prasitsak Papoem, 12 rounds, for vacant WBO flyweight title
Chinese-born star Zou Shiming makes a second championship bid in his 10th pro fight when he faces former victim Prasitsak Phaprom for the vacant WBO flyweight belt. Shiming, beaten in a try for the IBF crown in March 2015, swept the scorecards against Phaprom in 2014.
Shiming and Phaprom are ranked No. 2 and 3 by the WBO, respectively.
Prediction: Shiming via KO in 8th Round
Oscar Valdez vs. Hiroshige Osawa, 12 rounds, for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title
Up second on the show is WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez’s first title defense against second-ranked contender Hiroshige Osawa, who holds an Asia-Pacific regional crown. Valdez, who’ll turn 26 just three days before Christmas, is 20-0 with 18 KOs and won a vacant belt four months ago with a second-round demolition of Matias Rueda.
Prediction: Valdez by UD
Nonito Donaire vs. Jessie Magdaleno, 12 rounds, for Donaire’s WBO junior featherweight title
The final prelim before the main event showcases another highly decorated Filipino fighter, four-division champion Nonito Donaire, making the second defense of his second reign as WBO junior featherweight champion against unbeaten No. 1 contender Jessie Magdaleno.
Less than two weeks before his 34th birthday, Donaire has held titles at 112, 118 and 126 pounds in addition to his two runs at 122. He won a vacant belt with a decision over Cesar Juarez last December in Puerto Rico and successfully risked it with a third-round TKO of Zsolt Bedak in April.
Donaire was the Boxing Writers Association of America’s fighter of the year in 2012, but has dropped two of eight fights since, including a scorecard loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux that ended his first reign at 122 and a sixth-round stoppage by Nicholas Walters in his only defense of the WBA featherweight title.
Magdaleno has stopped 17 of 23 pro opponents, but has never had a fight scheduled for 12 rounds.
Prediction: Donaire by TKO
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas, 12 rounds, for Vargas’ WBO welterweight title
The 37-year-old has insisted that his return to the ring — after a voluntary seven-month hiatus — will not be a one-and-done proposition, so he’s the subject of typical chatter about what might be on the agenda now that he’s back.
Trainer Freddie Roach, in fact, has mentioned both Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But Pacquiao remains unwilling to look past the man with whom he’ll share a ring Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
That man is once-beaten California-native Jessie Vargas, whose WBO welterweight championship will be Pacquiao’s objective when he arrives for the 67th fight of a career that began in January 1995 — when Vargas was 5 years old.
Pacquiao was initially mentioned as an opponent for Terence Crawford, an emerging Top Rank star who’s won titles at 135 and 140 pounds, but instead set his sights on Vargas and the jewelry that the 27-year-old has held since defeating Sadam Ali in March. Most, though, are already looking past the Vargas match toward possibilities with Crawford, Mayweather, Alvarez or others.
Pacquiao, though, refuses to consider anything past the weekend.
Or at least refuses to talk about it.
Prediction: Pacquiao via TKO 11 Round
I’ll be back with the Review of the event between Sunday & Monday everybody.