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Pacquiao beats Vargas to claim WBO welterweight title

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4   //    06 Nov 2016, 11:02 IST
Boxer Manny Pacquiao of The Philippines works out in advance of his WBO welterweight bout against Jessie Vargas, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Boxer Manny Pacquiao of The Philippines works out in advance of his WBO welterweight bout against Jessie Vargas, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) - Manny Pacquiao put on a dazzling display in his return to the ring after a brief retirement, scoring a unanimous decision over champion Jessie Vargas to win the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Despite giving away 10 years to his opponent, the 37-year-old Pacquiao fought with more intensity and energy, and dominated the American in the final rounds to close out an emphatic victory.

Pacquiao improved to 59-6-2, while Vargas fell to 27-2.

(Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by John O'Brien)

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