Manny’s still got moves

Pac­quiao beats Var­gas in Ve­gas as May­weather watches on

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F loyd May­weather Jr. stopped by to see an old foe – and Manny Pac­quiao tried his best to give him a show.

With May­weather watching in­tently from a ring­side seat, Pac­quiao dropped Jessie Var­gas in the sec­ond round and blood­ied his face on his way to a lop­sided de­ci­sion that gave him a piece of the wel­ter­weight ti­tle once again.

Pac­quiao won on all three ring­side score­cards – 118-109, 118-109 114-113 – to take the piece of the ti­tle Var­gas won in his last fight.

“Not bad,” May­weather said, giv­ing Pac­quiao a thumbs up af­ter the fight.

It was vin­tage Pac­quiao at times, even though he couldn’t stop Var­gas like he des­per­ately wanted to. And with May­weather at ring­side it cer­tainly will stir talk of a sec­ond fight be­tween the box­ers who went at it last year in the rich­est fight ever. That, of course, would de­pend on May­weather com­ing out of re­tire­ment and Pac­quiao be­ing able to fight while still at­tend­ing to his du­ties as a senator in the Philip­pines. May­weather did not an­swer ques­tions about a pos­si­ble re­turn to the ring shouted at him by writ­ers at ring­side.

“I in­vited him to be here tonight,” Pac­quiao said, say­ing “we’ll see” when asked if the two could meet again.

Just be­fore the bell rang to start the fight, Pac­quiao smiled and waved a fist at May­weather.

He clearly wanted to im­press May­weather, who won their first fight eas­ily.

“Fight­ing Manny Pac­quiao is like play­ing a very fast game of chess,” said Var­gas.

“You have to be alert at all times, there are a lot of punches com­ing in. He was very fast and he was very sharp.”

May­weather took a ring­side seat along­side his daugh­ter to watch the man who helped make him un­told mil­lions when they fought in 2015. May­weather won that fight, and Pac­quiao’s per­for­mance was largely

‘Fight­ing Manny Pac­quiao is like play­ing a very fast game of chess.’ – JESSIE VAR­GAS

panned, though he claimed to have an in­jured shoul­der.

Pac­quiao, fight­ing in his 22nd ti­tle fight in a pro ca­reer that stretches back to 1995, trained at night in the Philip­pines in the weeks lead­ing up to the fight so he could tend to his day job as a newly elected senator.

With the sen­ate out of ses­sion, he was back in a more fa­mil­iar place, with a crowd of some 16,132 nearly fill­ing the UNLV cam­pus arena to watch him take on Var­gas, who was in only his sec­ond ti­tle bout.

Pac­quiao, who earned a re­ported $100 mil­lion to fight May­weather in the rich­est fight ever, was guar­an­teed $4 mil­lion plus a per­cent­age of the rev­enue of the fight. Var­gas got $2.8 mil­lion.

Pac­quiao’s record im­proved to 59-6-2, while Var­gas fell to 27-2.

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