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Pacquiao leaves retirement to face Vargas

Friday, September 09, 2016 - 01:43

Manny Pacquiao's love of boxing brings him out of retirement for a November fight against Jessie Vargas.

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SHOWS: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. PACQUIAO SPEAKING WITH REPORTER 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANNY PACQUIAO SAYING: "When I hung up my gloves and I realized that the sport that you love, you're no longer active on that, so I realized that boxing still liked me, boxing still likes me and I like boxing, so why am I not continuing my journey in boxing, so I changed my mind and decided to continue my journey." 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FREDDIE ROACH, MANNY PACQUIAO'S COACH, SAYING: "We would love to get Mayweather back in the ring and if Mayweather doesn't come, there's a young kid, Terence Crawford, that just beat my Russian boy and he's supposed to be, he's a good fighter, but he may be the next Mayweather. He can run like hell." 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JESSIE VARGAS SAYING: "Fight against Manny Pacquiao, fighter that always comes to give you an action-packed fight. This is why this fight was made. I'm in for the same reason. I'm here to perform for the fans, give them excitement, give them enjoyment, anytime they come out to a Jessie Vargas fight and Manny's the same way, so don't miss out." 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JESSIE VARGAS SAYING: "I know that Manny has defeated Mexican boxers who have been my idols and ever since I've been a kid I have said I've wanted to beat Manny Pacquiao. I got very upset when he beat Erik Morales and Barrera, but on November 05 I'm going to get that monkey off my back." STORY: While Manny Pacquiao's political career became a priority after he announced his "retirement" from the ring in April, he says the lure of continuing his journey in boxing ultimately led to his comeback. Seven months after defeating American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas in his much trumpeted farewell to the sport, the Filipino southpaw will return to the same city in November to challenge World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Though Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion and one of the greatest boxers ever, the whole experience of preparing for that November 5 fight feels strange as he will be competing for the first time as an elected senator in his homeland. "When I hung up my gloves and I realized that the sport that you love, you're no longer active on that, so I realized that boxing still liked me, boxing still likes me and I like boxing, so why am I not continuing my journey in boxing, so I changed my mind and decided to continue my journey," said Pacquiao. For Vargas, fighting Pacquiao has always been a dream. "I know that Manny has defeated Mexican boxers who have been my idols and ever since I've been a kid I have said I've wanted to beat Manny Pacquiao. I got very upset when he beat Erik Morales and Barrera, but on November 05 I'm going to get that monkey off my back."

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Pacquiao leaves retirement to face Vargas

Friday, September 09, 2016 - 01:43