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Vargas: Beating Pacquiao will make me a legend

Jessie Vargas

LOS ANGELES – WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas isn’t lacking in motivations to win the biggest fight of his career against Manny Pacquiao.

Defeating Pacquiao will surely open up a wealth of opportunities for the 27-year-old fighter from Las Vegas.

More importantly, it will signal Vargas’ entry to superstardom

“It [win over Pacquiao] would definitely put me on the world-wide stage – make me that boxing star that I have been looking forward to being,” Vargas said in a media conference call staged by lead promoter Top Rank Inc.

Vargas, interestingly, fought in the undercard of Pacquiao’s bout with Chris Algieri in 2014 in Macau. After outpointing Antonio DeMarco for the WBA super lightweight title, Vargas called out Pacquiao.

Two years later, he is getting his wish.

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“I have been waiting for this for a long time and I’m glad it’s here and I am going to take advantage of it,” added Vargas.

He said he is aware of the consequences of a resounding win over Pacquiao, a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible.

Among the fighters who have defeated Pacquiao, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have strengthened their positions as legends of the sport.

Vargas, for his part, wants to join that elite list.

“The only fighters to beat Manny Pacquiao have become legends themselves. So I plan to become one of the few to beat Manny Pacquiao and also become one of the legends,” he said.

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