Mayweather vs Cotto Undercard: Jessie Vargas to Face Alfonso Gomez

Jessie Vargas will join Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas on May 5, likely facing Alfonso Gomez on the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas will be facing veteran gatekeeper Alfonso Gomez on the Mayweather vs Cotto pay-per-view undercard on May 5, according to RingTV.com and Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez.

"The third fight is going to be Jessie Vargas. I'm finalizing a deal with Alfonso Gomez," said Gomez. "I'm finalizing the deal, but I'm still in the process right now."

Vargas (18-0, 9 KO) is coming off of a hard-fought but fairly one-sided win over Lanardo Tyner on February 24, and it was known going into that fight that a win would get him on the May 5 card, barring some kind of injury setback. The 22-year-old Vargas was also on the Mayweather vs Ortiz card last year, defeating Josesito Lopez in the fight of the night.

Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KO) is still best-known as a participant on the first season of "The Contender," and has never risen above second-tier status as a pro, but he's a solid test for Vargas at this stage. He's bigger and stronger than Tyner, and at 31, still brings a good fight. He didn't roll over against Canelo Alvarez last September, though he did lose by (early) stoppage.

Gomez is a veteran of these big fight undercards, having featured against Canelo on Mayweather vs Ortiz, against Jesus Soto Karass on the Pacquiao vs Cotto show in 2009, and a few months later in March 2010, he faced Jose Luis Castillo at Cowboys Stadium for Pacquiao vs Clottey.

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