MANILA – Retired two-division champion Gerry Peñalosa just can’t see how WBO world welterweight champion Jessie Vargas could possibly beat Manny Pacquiao when they clash on November 5 (Novemver 6 PHL time) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
And the reasons for Vargas’ impending downfall were rather rather obvious as well, according to Peñalosa.
“This is simple, Vargas is not on the same level as Pacquiao. He’s an okay fighter, but nothing compared to Manny Pacquiao who is a legend,” Peñalosa told GMA News Online.
“Vargas is at a disadvantage when they meet inside the ring. He already lost when it comes to experience, speed and power so I just can’t see [how he could beat Pacquiao].”
Pacquiao, now 37 years old, has not stopped an opponent since 2009 when he fought Miguel Cotto for the same WBO world welterweight title.
Peñalosa, however, was nevertheless convinced that his pal’s upcoming bout would end the Filipino ring icon’s knockout drought.
“Vargas gets stopped in the late rounds. Vargas might have pride, I don’t see him quitting so the referee will have to stop the fight,” Peñalosa predicted.
“Maybe if Senator Manny didn’t train for this fight then he might stand a chance. But we all saw how he punished himself in training. He really worked hard and punished himself for this training camp which was probably inspired by the criticisms he took.” — DVM, GMA News