The Filipino Senator has chosen to face current welterweight world champion Vargas in Los Angeles or Dubai, according to advisor Michael Koncz, although the fight has instantly been given the thumbs down.
From a shortlist of four, including Danny Garcia, Terence Crawford and Adrien Broner, Vargas was seen as the fourth choice for Pacquiao, who will be an overwhelming favourite to win yet another title belt to add to his collection.
The general consensus, especially from social media, was that Crawford should have been the chosen one to pit his skills against Pacquiao, with Garcia at number two, followed by Broner and eventually Vargas.
Crawford was highly impressive in dealing with Viktor Postol in their meeting last month and is now recognised as a pound for pound contender and possibly boxing’s future after yet another great victory.
Seeing Pacquiao across the ring from a potential superstar in the making has everyone licking their lips, and with the ‘Pacman’ maybe only having a couple more fights left in him, the Crawford clash had the makings of a classic.
Despite Pacquiao v Vargas being close to being official, Bob Arum is yet to confirm that the Las Vegas native will oppose the eight-weight champion this fall, although it still doesn’t seem likely that a change of heart would be forthcoming.