Jesse Vargas believes he would achieve ‘legend’ status if he produced a shock win over Manny Pacquiao next weekend.
Vargas defends his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao in Las Vegas, on November 5, with the American facing a steep gulf in experience to the eight division world champion.
But if the 27-year-old can get the better of Pacquiao, then he is no doubt over the riches that would bring.
“It would definitely put me on the world-wide stage – make me that boxing star that I have been looking forward to being,” said Vargas.
“I have been waiting for this for a long time and I’m glad it’s here and I am going to take advantage of it.
“The only fighters to beat Manny Pacquiao have become legends themselves.
“So I plan to become one of the few to beat Manny Pacquiao and also become one of the legends.”
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Pacquiao has been combining his work as a senator in his native Philippines with training, yet he remains as hungry as ever to enter the ring.
But Vargas insists there will be no sense of trepidation over facing an opponent of Pacquiao’s reputation.
“Not at all, this is where I belong. I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was eight years old,” he added.
“This moment is not so big. It’s here and I am going to take full advantage of it.
“I am in the best shape of my life. I have never felt this strong or this powerful.”