Pacquiao confirms Vargas bout

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Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he will return to the ring on November 5 to face WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas with Los Angeles the likely venue for the bout.

The news was confirmed by the Filipino on Wednesday in a statement to AFP after he met with fight promoter Bob Arum in Manila.

“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” Pacquiao said to AFP.

“Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring.”

“My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative work. This is my campaign promise and I’m determined to keep it,” Pacquiao added.

In April, after defeating Timothy Bradley, the 37-year-old Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) announced his retirement from boxing to focus on his political career in the Philippines and won a senate seat in May. However, he has consistently been linked with a comeback.

The 27-year-old Vargas (27-1, 12 KOs) was last in action against countryman Sadam Ali on March 16, when he won the vacant WBO welterweight title.