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Manny Pacquiao will play the unfamiliar role of title challenger when he faces WBO welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday Manila time) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts) is vying to win his first world title since being elected to the Philippine senate earlier this year while Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas is seeking the fame and respect that comes along with defeating a legend. Vargas has several advantages, including being 10 years young at 27 and 3 and a half inches taller in height at 5-foot-10.
Vargas is making the first defense of the title he won when he knocked out Sadam Ali in March while Pacquiao is seeking his third reign as WBO welterweight champ.
Also, WBO junior featherweight titleholder “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr will make his first appearance on a Pacquiao undercard when he defends his title against unbeaten Las Vegas resident Jessie Magdaleno.
The pay-per-view portion of the card begins at 9 am Manila time.