Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has confirmed he’s on the verge of securing a fight with Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao on November 5.
The 27 year-old revealed the news on social media as reports out of the United States began rubberstamped Vargas as the opponent for Pacquiao’s high-profile return from a brief retirement.
Vargas immediately let his fans know that the Pacquiao fight was as yet unconfirmed but was on the verge of being a done deal.
Once official, the contest will take place in either in the US or possibly Dubai, according to Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz.
Pacquiao, 37, announced his intention to step away from the sport following an impressive win over Timothy Bradley in April to follow up a bid to win election to a Senate seat in his homeland. Now that Pacquiao is firmly behind the desk and settled in, the eight-weight world champion has itchy fists and wants to return.
A shortlist of four has been whittled down to Las Vegas resident Vargas as Terence Crawford, Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia are all set to miss out.
Giving Vargas home advantage has seemingly been ruled out and Nevada was not named as a potential venue by Koncz.
More is set to be revealed by Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum in the coming days as rumours Pacquiao could secure a return with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 continue.