In a Day of the Dead scenario, the ‘ghost’ of Juan Manuel Marquez appeared before the press conference staged between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas on Wednesday at the luxurious Wynn, days before the duel this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The pair battle it out for the welterweight title of the World Boxing Organization in a card that will be broadcast on Pay-per-View to the world and in Mexico on Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxing.
Marquez was subject to Jessie and Manny during talks with an exclusive group of media, because the first thought on Saturday will be if a Marquez repeat can happen. Vargas seemed recharged and improved in his bid to score a similar stunning knockout, while Pacquiao ensured everyone that the KO will never happen again.
“I’ve been thinking that Saturday will be like a Juan Manuel Marquez, but bigger, taller, more powerful, stronger, more athletic one will face Manny Pacquiao, ” said Vargas, who reiterated that he will leave this event the same way he came in as champion.
Marquez became a major rival in the race for Pacquiao this time around as they staged four battles before. The tied the first, Pacquiao won the second and third, finally losing the fourth with a bang in the sixth round due to a puncj that paralyzed Manny and millions of fans around the world.
“What happened with Marquez will never happen again, ” said Manny to Top Rank before chatting with the media on Wednesday. Then he explained that perhaps Jessie thinks he can do many things.
“I understand, when I was 27 years, people thought I could do many things,” he said. “Many have been stated what they want to do or can do, but it’s not about being taller or stronger, the question is to apply it in the ring against your opponent,” added the ‘Pacman’, who established that Saturday would be more like a Pacquiao-Margarito a Pacquiao-Marquez.
Undercard features four world championship bouts
In addition to the WBO welterweight title fight, Pacquiao-Vargas has three championship fights on the bill.
Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Oscar Valdez, respective champions at junior featherweight and featherweight with the WBO, risk their belts in fights against Jessie Magdaleno and Hiroshige Osawa.
The transmission of pay-per-view will open with the battle between Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming in a twelve round battle against PRASITAK PAPOEM for the vacant WBO flyweight belt.
In a promotion Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, the world championship event Pacquiao vs. Vargas will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.
Remaining tickets for the world championship event Pacquiao vs. Vargas prices: $ 1,000, $ 700, $ 500, $ 300, $ 100 and $ 50, not including applicable charges, can be purchased at the ticket office of the Thomas & Mack Center, on the website www.UNLVtickets.com , at points of sale UNLV in Town Square Las Vegas and Supermercados La Bonita. To charge by phone, call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).