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Saturday Night looked good for Manny Pacquiao as the 37 year old Senator from the Philippines as he became the 1st Senator from a country to receive a championship, WBO Welterweight Championship. Take a look below as we sum up the card & the Play by play for Top Rank PPV. Thanks to Bleacher report for help in this article as well.
Zou Shiming def. Prasitsak Papoem, by Unanimous decision, for vacant WBO flyweight title
Shiming Zou of China dominated Prasitsak Phaprom for a second time tonight, following his 2014 shutout with a 2016 shutout of the overmatched opponent from Thailand, this time claiming the vacant WBO flyweight title.
Scores were 119-108, 120-107, and 120-107 for Zou (9-1, 2 KO)
The Judge that give the 108 wasn’t even close, props to Phaprom for not going down but once in the fight but the 2 time Gold Medal Olympic Zou was just a better & skilled fighter, period!!!
Jessie Magdaleno def Nonito Donaire, by Unanimous decision, for Donaire’s WBO junior featherweight title
Jessie Magdaleno is the new WBO super bantamweight champion following a unanimous-decision victory over Nonito Donaire on Saturday night inside the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The judges scored it 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Magdaleno, according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael
Very close fight as Donaire has chances to right get at Magdeleno but he wasn’t just not as quick & sharp with his punches as Magdeleno was. Donaire opted for a careful approach to the first few rounds. He remained mostly on the defensive and looked to capitalize on his reach advantage with a high volume of jabs.
This is by far the biggest result of Magdaleno‘s career, and at 24 years old, his stock is on the rise. Beating Donaire is the next step he needed to make to burnish his profile, and he should be in position to command a lucrative bout when he steps in the ring again.
In the other corner, Saturday’s loss could be costly for Donaire. He’s 33 years old, and in the last three years, he stumbled against Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nicholas Walters and now Magdaleno. Donaire showed he still has impressive punching power, but his lack of mobility was exposed as well.
Oscar Valdez TKO Hiroshige Osawa, in 7 rounds, to retain WBO featherweight title
Valdez was just a better, younger fighter than the experienced Osawa. Valdez dropped Osawa in round four, but Osawa survived Valdez’ vicious follow up assault. The bout was waved off in round seven. Valdez has a bright upside & should main event a HBO/Showtime/PBC Card soon
Before we get into the main event, lets breakdown the Top Rank PPV Broadcast Crew
Thought that Stephen A Smith did well in his role as a boxing analyst until the Main Event itself as Smith & Bradley was going back & forth with if Pacquiao or Vergas was hurt. I like some of Smith quotes in in the 1st fight that Papoem did stand a chance as he was give punches & being hit at the same time, plus also during the card quoting the bible saying that “The Flesh is willing, but the spirit is weak”. I think Smith interviews after thye Main Event wasn’t the best but Smith has Knowledge of the sport. Now Kenny & Bradley from the beginning didn’t get off to the right footing as Kenny leaved Bradley off the list of best welterweights. Thompson was great as a host as she always is along with Poncher doing pre-fight interviews in the back.
Grade: As a team I give the broadcast a B-to a C as it was the 1st time everyone was working together.
Manny Pacquiao def. Jessie Vargas, by Unanimous decision, for Vargas’ WBO welterweight title
Manny Pacquiao was victorious in his first fight since his brief retirement. The 37-year-old beat Jessie Vargas on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The judges scored it 118-109, 118-109, 114-113 in favor of Pacquiao, according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
The win was further evidence that Pacquiao can still provide excitement in the ring but that he’ll never return to the days when he was an unstoppable monster capable of ending a fight with one punch.
Pacquiao tagged Vargas with some significant blows and sent the 27-year-old to the canvas in the second round. He was helped by the fact Vargas looked completely overmatched at times.
At the least, Saturday’s win may open the door slightly for a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., whereas a loss for Pacquiao would’ve all but eliminated the possibility.
Well overall not a bad card, but we will see what Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev has in store for us on November 19 on HBO PPV.