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Pacquiao trainer optimistic

Multi-awarded trainer Buboy Fernandez feels Jessie Vargas will assume the role of a human punching bag when he meets Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

Using his right hand as props, Fernandez made the traditional No. 1 sign by flashing his pointer to describe Vargas.

Fernandez simply suggested with his hand signal that Vargas was easy to hit and Pacquiao won’t find it hard to rain punches on the 27-year-old reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight king at the Thomas and Mack Center.

“He’s just like this,” said Fernandez, lifting his pointer to emphasize Vargas’ tight stance and posture.

Told if Vargas bobs and weaves, Fernandez made a face.

Asked if Vargas has the flexibility to dance away from trouble, Fernandez stared at the scribe long enough to let him know that Vargas wasn’t capable.

“He is straight as an arrow,” said Fernandez as he continued to fix the wraps that would cover the fists of one of boxing’s most beloved champions the last quarter of a century.

It was then that Fernandez, a bit pestered by the line of questioning, delivered the telling blow.

“If Manny catches him early, we’d all go home early.”

And seeing that happen has a high probability rate, according to Fernandez, who will share cornerwork with Freddie Roach.

Still, Fernandez and the entire team are not taking Vargas for granted.