IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao, Vargas make grand arrivals in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, USA - Manny Pacquiao and WBO junior welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas made their grand arrivals at the Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 1 ahead of their 12-round world title fight this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts) and Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) met fans, signed autographs and posed for photos at the unofficial start of fight week. Several hundred fans showed up to greet the fighters, though the Wynn's lobby was not as conducive to hosting such a gathering as the MGM Grand, where Pacquiao has fought 13 times before.

Pacquiao was listed as a -500 favorite (meaning you must bet $500 to win $100) at the Treasure Island sports book to win the 147-pound title for a third time, while Vargas, 10 years younger at 27, is a +700 underdog (a $100 bet earns $700) in his first title defense.

Vargas, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, and the 8-division world champ turned Philippine senator Pacquiao will meet face-to-face on Wednesday for the final press conference for the main event.

Take a look at some photos of their grand arrival before.

WBO junior welterweight champ Jessie Vargas shakes hands with promoter Bob Arum. Photo by Wendell Alinea

WBO junior welterweight champ Jessie Vargas shakes hands with promoter Bob Arum.

Photo by Wendell Alinea

Photo by Wendell Alinea
Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and Bob Arum share a laugh as Michael Koncz looks on. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and Bob Arum share a laugh as Michael Koncz looks on.

Photo by Wendell Alinea

Jessie Vargas signs gloves for fans. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Jessie Vargas signs gloves for fans.

Photo by Wendell Alinea

Jessie Vargas speaks at the grand arrival. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Jessie Vargas speaks at the grand arrival.

Photo by Wendell Alinea

Manny Pacquiao signs a copy of The Ring magazine for a fan. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Manny Pacquiao signs a copy of The Ring magazine for a fan.

Photo by Wendell Alinea

ā€“ Rappler.com