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Inspired by Manny Pacquiao, Mark Magsayo is on a mission

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Mark Magsayo is on a mission to be the best around after taking inspiration from Manny Pacquiao.

The WBC Featherweight champion takes on former world champion Rey Vargas in the main event of the action live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, July 9.

Magsayo vs Vargas comes from the Alamodome in a Premier Boxing Champions event in San Antonio, Texas.

Magsayo suggested that Vargas will be in full retreat mode on Saturday, wary of his power.

Vargas evened the score by saying that Magsayo’s growing entourage proves the champion is more concerned with Vargas than he’s letting on.


“I hope Rey Vargas doesn’t run too much, so we can give a good fight to the people.

“I’m not worried about Vargas. I’ve already beat the best in the division, so my confidence is very high heading into this fight.

“This is very special for me. I watched Manny Pacquiao fight Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio at the Alamodome. That was the day that I decided to start training in the gym. I’m so thankful to have this fight –a dream come true– happen here in San Antonio.

“This is a very important fight for me. I already beat Russell, but I just want to keep proving myself. We’re both going to go in there very confident in ourselves, which will make it a great fight.

“I’ve worked on a lot of different things with Freddie Roach to make sure that we’re ready for anything Vargas brings. If he wants to come toe-to-toe, as he said, then I’m ready to end this fight with a knockout.

“I guarantee this will be a big night for me. We’re ready to show who the best in the division is.

“He’s never fought a guy like me. You’re going to see that on Saturday night.”


“If you want to exchange blows, I’m more than happy to do that. I see it as a compliment that he’s added a lot of people to his team. He’s taking me seriously, but I think it’s an advantage for me because I feel like he’s worried.

“We certainly have great trainers in each corner. Freddie is a great trainer, and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the ring against him before. In the end, it will be just Mark and me inside the ring. We’re ready to put on a show.

“I know that someone like Freddie Roach will think they know what our strategy will be. I have an ace up my sleeve, and when that happens, I’m tearing his head off. His confidence may be in the clouds, but the fall will hurt.

“I showcased my fighting skill in November, coming off a long layoff. There was no ring rust then, and there will be no ring rust now.

“I was prepared to fight Gary Russell Jr., but now we’re giving Magsayo a chance. I’m fully capable and ready to go.

“Magsayo says that I haven’t faced anyone like him before, but in reality, he has actually never faced anyone like me.

“Magsayo may want to exchange blows so badly because that may be the only thing he knows how to do. He doesn’t know how to fight otherwise. We will dominate him and take the belt.

“The higher the confidence is of my opponent, the harder the fall is.”

Magsayo vs Vargas tickets

Tickets for the live Magsayo vs Vargas event, which TGB Promotions promote, are on sale now and are available through The Martin vs. Mariñez bout is promoted in association with Man Down Promotions.

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