IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao champ again after beating Vargas

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao became a champion once again after he dethroned Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision and regained the WBO welterweight title on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday in Manila).

The Filipino boxing icon turned senator emerged from his brief retirement looking like he hadn't missed a step as he controlled the fight with his speed, even knocking down Vargas for the first time in his young pro career.

Pacquiao, who turns 38 in December, improved to a 59-6-2 record with 38 knockouts, as old foe Floyd Mayweather Jr watched ringside.

Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in a record-setting fight in May 2015 before he ran for a Senate seat in the national elections last May.

The 27-year-old Vargas dropped to a 27-2 record with 10 KOs.

See photos from the fight below!

ATTACK. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas u0026 Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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DUEL. Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas exchange punches during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas u0026 Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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SPECTATOR. Floyd Mayweather Jr watches ringside the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas.

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COUNTER-ATTACK. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas u0026 Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LONG REACH. Jessie Vargas throws a right to the body of Manny Pacquiao.

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TRIUMPH. Manny Pacquiao reacts after the conclusion of his WBO welterweight championship fight against Jessie Vargas.

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– Rappler.com