It was an action-packed night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas as Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2,) defeated champion Jessie Vargas (27-2) to claim the World Boxing Organization welterweight title on Saturday.
Bridget Gonzalez sang both the Mexican and U.S. national anthems at the much anticipated event while the Word Choir sang the Philipine anthem.
The referee for the fight was Kenny Bayless and the judges were Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman and Glenn Trowbridge. Here we take a look at Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas fight result, scores and highlights:
Round 1 of Pacquiao vs Vargas was a close one as Pacquiao seemed to have good movement through the first part of the round although Vargas was the first to land a punch. Times card: Pacquaio 10, Vargas 9.
Round 2: A clinch about a minute into the round allowed Pacquiao to land some body shots with no immediate damage but those add up. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 8. (Pacquiao 20, Vargas 17.)
Round 3: The third round started bit slow until Pacquiao landed a combination about a minute into it. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquaio 30, Vargas 26.)
Round 4: Vargas finally connected on a strong right that got Pacquaio's attention. Times card: Vargas 10, Pacquiao 9. (Pacquiao 39, Vargas 36.)
Round 5: Another good round for Vargas. Times card: Vargas 10, Pacquaio 9. (Pacquaio 48, Vargas 46.)
Round 6: Pacquiao seemed to regain some of his momentum in a more or less quiet round. Times card: Pacquaio 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 58, Vargas 55.)
Round 7: Pacquiao started landing some big punches, including a good straight to the face about midway through the round. Times card: Pacquaio 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 68, Vargas 64.)
Round 8: Another one to Pacquiao. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 78, Vargas 73.)
Round 9: By now both were starting to tire. No significant punches landed this round. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 88, Vargas 82.)
Round 10: Pacquiao landed a combination early in the round that scrambles Vargas. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 98, Vargas 91.)
Round 11: Pacquiao got the penultimate round too. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 108, Vargas 100.)
Round 12: The only thing that could help Vargas now was a KO but it did not happen. Pacquiao still had plenty of energy and continued to control the action. Times card: Pacquiao 10, Vargas 9. (Pacquiao 118, Vargas 109.)
The judges and fans both decided in favour of Pacquaio. Judges Trowbridge and Feldman agreed with The Times' card and scored it 118-109 for Pacquiao. Moretti had it much closer at 114-113 for Pacquiao, who is the new WBO welterweight champion.