Vargas has need for speed against Pacquiao


Jessie Vargas feels he can use boxing great Manny Pacquiao's most famous strength against him when the Californian defends his WBO welterweight title on Saturday.

Pacquiao, 37, will end a short-lived retirement when he challenges Vargas, who is 10 years his junior with a professional record of 27 wins and a solitary loss, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Vargas has steeped himself in boxing expertise throughout his time in the paid ranks and counts the likes of Roger Mayweather, Roy Jones Jr and Erik Morales as former trainers.

Dewey Cooper is now running Vargas' corner, having overseen the impressive ninth-round stoppage of Sadam Ali in March that elevated the 27-year-old to world-champions status.

"Looking back now I learned something from each trainer, so I'm thankful to each trainer but I'm more than happy to have the team that I have now that I can depend on 100 per cent, that I can trust 100 per cent," he told Omnisport.

Vargas is unwavering in the belief he can show superior speed to Pacquiao and that this will be decisive in the outcome against the eight-weight champion, whose decorated rise through the divisions has been marked by him retaining a rapid and blurring punch output.

He added: "As I see it, we'll not only be matching his speed but having more speed than him and having more power - using his strengths against him.

"It's everything that we've got to put together and make sure that we fight a perfect fight that the fans will enjoy - winning in spectacular fashion.

"That's an important factor and believe me when I say we will be faster than him because whatever I set my mind to I accomplish.

"I don't want to win in a close decision, I don't want to take that risk. I want to make sure that I'm going to win every round, every minute of it."

The 147lbs division is talent rich, with the likes of Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence meaning the victor will not be short of future superfights.

But for Vargas, this bout is all about securing a potentially career and legacy defining triumph.

"I will beat Manny Pacquiao," he said. "I have dreamed of this moment since I was eight years old and I will make sure to make it a reality."