Jessie Vargas, who has fought Pacquiao and Broner, weighs in on their title bout

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 11 2019 10:39 PM

Will Manny Pacquiao feel the pressure fighting in Las Vegas for the first time since 2016? Former opponent Jessie Vargas says it won't play a factor. File/Lai Seng Sin, Reuters

Jessie Vargas is the only man to have fought both Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner.

In September 2016, the American boxer lost his world title via unanimous decision to Pacquiao, who had at the time called it his retirement match. In April, Vargas and Broner fought to a majority draw in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The 29-year-old, two-division champion was at Pacquiao's media day, where he gave his take on the January 19 fight between his former opponents.

"Manny Pacquiao has the advantage right now, he is the more experienced fighter but we’ll find out. You know with boxing anything can happen. It’ll be a good fight either way," Vargas said.

Vargas, who fought Pacquiao at Thomas and Mack Center, said Sin City is excited for the fighting senator’s return. 

"I’m sure he’s excited. I’m sure it’s going to put a little pressure on him, but pressure is good for us fighters. At least I see it that way. I’m sure he’s going to try and give a spectacular performance, to show you at 40 years old he’s still at the highest level," Vargas said.

While Vargas was unable to beat either one, he wishes both fighters well. "I wish they have a great fight, we’ll see what goes after the we’ll talk bout that," he said.

Vargas said he plans to be at ringside when the bell rings at MGM Grand.

The only other fighter known to have traded punches with both Pacquiao and Broner is Mikey Garcia.

Before he became world champion, the American fighter was a sparmate of Pacquiao. The undefeated Garcia eventually defended his 135-pound belt against Broner in 2017.

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