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Manny Pacquiao’s resounding win over Jessie Vargas last Nov. 5 in Las Vegas drew more than 300,000 buys, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum revealed yesterday.
While the figures pale in comparison with Pacquiao’s monster numbers a few years ago when he slugged with marquee names, the result was still welcomed by the Top Rank chief.
“We presented a great show,” Arum told USA Today. We made money. Everybody made money. You don’t hit a home run every time. We hit a single or a double. I’m very pleased.”
Pacquiao floored Vargas, younger by ten years at 27, once in the second round en route to a unanimous decision victory before 16,132 fans at the Thomas and Mack Center.
What made the event special was the presence at ringside of Floyd Mayweather, who didn’t speak with Pacquiao but made eye contact and did hand gestures with the fighting lawmaker from Sarangani.