Vargas admits he wanted to fight Pacquiao in pursuit of greatness

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--He may have an impressive record already, but for WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, it does not define being the best.

The 27-year-old pug admitted in the final press conference of his upcoming fight at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday (Philippine Time) that he insisted on challenging Manny Pacquiao to prove that he has what it takes to become a boxing superstar.

"I've wanted this fight for quite some time because Manny was known as the best, and in order to be known as the best, you have to beat the best," said the four-time champion.

On the other hand, while Pacquiao has been generating political heat even during his days as a congressman, Vargas believes, "He's gonna make for a great senator."

Ahead of their Sunday (Philippine Time) showdown at the nearby Thomas and Mack Center, Vargas, currently a +700 underdog to defend his titles, said, "Everyone likes an upset, and I am the underdog. I plan to give you a great show.... I promise to give you fireworks."

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