LAS VEGAS – While Manny Pacquiao was receiving 16 stitches for a cut sustained in the final round of his welterweight bout against Jessie Vargas, his coach, opponent and promoter took to the podium to express their admiration for his performance.
Even Vargas, who surrendered his WBO welterweight belt to the "Pacman" after the Filipino won via unanimous decision, could not help but be impressed with how Pacquiao fought.
"I got a little overconfident with his speed, and he caught me with a good left hand," said Vargas, who was knocked down in the second round. "But over the entire fight, it was like a chess match."
"We expected Manny to be a little more aggressive as he usually is."
Vargas was settling for moral victories even after he lost for only the second time in his professional boxing career.
"To have Manny Pacquiao think two, three, four times before coming in – he wasn't coming in comfortably," he said. "I was trying to catch him every chance that I got. He made it a chess match, he made it very interesting and very intriguing."
Meanwhile, Vargas's coach, Dewey Cooper, is still planning to take a trip to the Philippines later this month. On the eve of the fight, the trainer revealed that he plans to visit the country for a vacation.
"Hopefully, they won't take it too hard, and hopefully, things will be good when I go out there, too," said Cooper.
"I'm going to Manila and Boracay with my girlfriend for vacation, and we bought these tickets before the fight was even signed," he added.
Vargas, meanwhile, will now relax though he said he is open for a rematch against Pacquiao.
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