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Manny Pacquiao Jesse Vargas Kickoff Press Conference

Eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), two-division world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California to officially announce their November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on Pay per view.

Manny Pacquiao

"This is my first fight since I was elected as senator and it’s an honor for me to challenge the champion in the 147 weight division, which is Vargas. I respect him because he’s the champion, he’s the belt holder of 147. It’s a big challenge for me to get that belt again to prove I can still manage serving the people and being a boxer,"

Jessie Vargas

"I know that I’m the underdog in this fight? But what’s changed? Let’s be honest. The media has had me as the underdog so many times, but I came out victorious in all of them, and on one occasion I struggled but I found a way. I fight to the end…I am a two division world champion for a reason. On November 5, I plan to show that I’m the best in the division. And any other titleholder that wants to challenge me, I want them to know that I’m the real deal,"

Bob Arum

“Top Rank Pay Per View will be distributing its own event. We have the capability in our staff to do that. After all, we’ve been creating the commercials, the posters, all the other elements into the promotion for many years. We will be distributing the event ourselves and we also want to say that if other promoters would like us to distribute their events we are available for a helluva lot less than 7.5% distribution fee. You’re going to see a great production, and you’re going to see an announcing team that will astound you.

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