Despite initial reports citing Los Angeles or Dubai as venues for Manny Pacquiao’s comeback, the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas is set to stage the Filipino’s forthcoming world title challenge.
Pacquiao, 37, is pencilled in to fight welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5, just seven months after announcing his retirement from the sport following a decisive win over Timothy Bradley.
The Thomas and Mack Center has emerged as the favoured venue for the clash, ahead of the world famous MGM Grand and the newly-built T-Mobile Arena, which opened earlier this year.
Promoter Bob Arum is currently ironing out the finer details of the bout as Pacquiao attempts to regain a world championship at 147 pounds previously held in two spells between 2010 and 2015.
Vargas is ten years younger than Pacquiao and has suffered only one loss in his career, ironically to Bradley, which makes him a massive underdog seeing how easily the ‘Pacman’ dealt with ‘Desert Storm in the spring.
It’s likely Pacquiao is looking for a sure thing to regain his status as a welterweight ruler, possibly in a final attempt to entice Floyd Mayweather out of his exile for a massive return in May 2017.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision on May 2015, although a shoulder injury was revealed to have been the reason for the one-sided nature of the contest and calls for a second fight needed to settle the score.
‘MayPac’ smashed all box office records by a long way last year, whilst any rematch would be expected to make less of an impression and could be the main reason why Mayweather has so far rejected Pacquiao’s advances.