- American boxing aficionados are cashing in heavily on Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao
- A $750 bet on Pacquiao returns $100 against a $475 return on a $100 bet on Vargas
- Pacquiao remained modest about his chances, a typical demeanor he exhibits in the run-up to his fights
MANILA, Philippines — American boxing aficionados are cashing in heavily on Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in his scheduled title bout against World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5, Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
US gambling site Bovada had cast Vargas an underdog at +475 while Pacquiao stood at -750. This means a $750 bet on Pacquiao returns $100 against a $475 return on a $100 bet on Vargas.
In spite of the winning advantage, Pacquiao, however, remained modest about his chances; a typical demeanor he exhibits in the run-up to his fights.
“It’s good for me as a challenger,” he said; adding the stance gives him more inspiration to focus and work harder.
Vargas’ camp, on the other hand, appeared less timid with the champ himself saying the training has so far been the best.
“I’m very happy with my team, and they are bringing out the best in me. I’ve said that before and I said that in the last fight,” Vargas, looking confident, reportedly said during the pre-fight press conference on Wednesday.
“We’ll outdo previous performances,” said Vargas’ trainer, Dewey Cooper.
“Jessie has surpassed anything we did in our previous camp, when we won the WBO welterweight title,” he added.
Cooper declared: “Vargas is not just a mere titleholder. We are world champions.”
He added: “Titleholder does not adequately describe what Jessie is.”
“We are the defending champion. We are here to defend our title, and we look forward to it on Saturday night,” he said.
Meanwhile, since his rematch with Timothy Bradley for the WBO title in April 2014, Pacquiao has not entered a fight as a challenger.
Against Floyd Mayweather in May 2015, Pacquiao was the defending WBO welterweight champion, but he also challenged the American for the WBA, WBC, and The Ring belts.
Acknowledging that Vargas is a champion, Pacquiao who is also a member of the Philippine Senate, said it’s an honor for him to challenge a champion.
“I’m the challenger,” he added. “May the best man win on Saturday.”
The fight will be seen live in the Philippines, commercial-free and in high definition on November 6, 9 a.m. on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View.
In the Middle East, the fight will be shown on November 6 at 4 a.m. in KSA and 5 a.m. in Dubai, live (with replays) via TFC.tv. It is also available via OSN, ELife and Mozaic TV powered by Ooredoo.
In the US, it will be shown live, distributed by Top Rank PPV.